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At Sea

Posted by Pierce, January 7, 2013

I was noticing the write up of the release of Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming diluvian epic, Noah. Incidentally, after they built the ark for the film in the planting fields of Oyster Bay, the ship withstood with nary a shingle amiss Superstorm Sandy when it ripped up more than 300 trees from the surrounding arboretum.

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The Christ in Christ Church

Posted by Ann, December 19, 2012

Is there anything else to be said about the unspeakable tragedy of Newtown last Friday? I continue to be surprised by my own emotions of fear and anger and deep, heavy sadness. One minute I am fine.

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Christmas Music in Advent

Posted by Heather, December 12, 2012

Once upon a time, I was an Advent purist. This was probably when I was in seminary and it was certainly before the girls were expressing their music preferences.

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The Power of Books

Posted by Pierce, December 5, 2012

We know we are nearing the end of the liturgical year when in our collect we read, “Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them...”

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One Glorious Ratatouille

Posted by Ann, November 21, 2012

In Last Sunday’s NY Times Review section, there was a wry piece by Anne Lamott. She has always been one of my favorite nonfiction writers. Her humility and humor as she searches for meaning and faith have always been an irresistible combination for me. (She currently has a new book out on prayer called Help. Thanks. Wow.)

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The Tough Conversations

Posted by Heather, November 14, 2012

My father-in-law had an unexpected hospital visit last week. He is fine and life is returning to normal in their house. But it was one of those experiences where David and I really felt how far away we live from them (at the other end of the time zone) and how thankful we are for siblings who live closer and for the support of their church community. It was also a good time to talk about being proactive as a patient and on being clear about medical directives and end of life issues.

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Veterans' Day

Posted by Pierce, November 7, 2012

When my father died, I was given a briefcase with the following words stamped on it: United States War Department. You may recall that our Department of Defense had a different name in those days.

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Two priests went into a bar...

Posted by Ann, October 24, 2012

Recently, I spent a week in Ireland to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday. One night we found ourselves in a postage stamp of a pub in a tiny town in county Limerick.

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It's a balancing act, not perfection

Posted by Heather, October 18, 2012

There was a commercial for a perfume, Enjoli, that I remember seeing a lot when I was growing up. It had a memorable jingle. As a beautiful woman walked towards the camera, she morphed from being dressed in a business suit to everyday shirt with a skillet to slinky dress.

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Why We Pledge

Posted by Pierce, October 10, 2012

I am told people avoid church during stewardship month no matter where they go because they do not want to be asked for money. Ask them to serve meals at the shelter: “Sure.” Ask them to go on a mission trip to uphold the suffering: “Why not?” Ask them to join a Bible study: “What time does it start?” Ask them to be on the Properties Committee: “How can I help?” Ask them to remember their church in their will: “I’ll think about it.”

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