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Excited to sing for Advent

Posted by Jason, November 28, 2012

I don’t know why some people give Advent a bad rap. I’ve listened to people complain about having to sing “those boring Advent hymns, almost always in a minor key” for years. Seriously?

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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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All tricks, no treats?

Posted by Jason, October 31, 2012

Growing up, Halloween was my favorite holiday. I forget at what age, but at some point my father had to issue the rule that I was not allowed to decorate the house for Halloween until after October 1.

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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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Not quite the field of dreams

Posted by Jason, October 3, 2012

I’m on a kickball team this fall. It’s lots of fun and I’m amazed at how popular this is in DC. In my league alone, there are nearly 600 players. There are leagues all around town who all play games on different days. In short, kickball in Washington is HUGE.

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Re-Leaf

Posted by Ann, September 26, 2012

These glorious, cooler first days of fall always feel like such a relief. A re-leaf! I always feel energized as the season begins. It’s wonderful to sleep with the windows open again and have the crisp air filling your lungs as you awaken.

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