Of “Welcoming the Stranger”

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There are many things in scripture that are nuanced, ambiguous; some things downright contradictory. In Proverbs the scribe admonishes us to look before we leap (yes, that’s where that comes from), and then just a few lines later we are told that “he who hesitates is lost.” Which? Job challenges the conventional wisdom of Judaism, […] Read more »

Of the Dark

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“I said to my Soul, be still and let the dark come upon you which shall be the darkness of God.” T.S. Eliot,¬†Four Quartets In late November, or at this time of the year, the Earth conspires it seems against the vitality of the created order. Plants have gone to seed. Leaves are falling scuttling […] Read more »

Of Doubt

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Just this past week I spoke at a civic public gathering. The topic had to do with the words we use in our practice of the faith, and how those words have come to lose their intended meaning; how, often times words become hollow and wooden from overuse, or even misuse. I talked about the […] Read more »

Of Proximity

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We on the vestry are trying to keep in the forefront of our minds the reality of racism in our culture, racism that resides in our midst, pervasive in our society. We have recognized that it is an issue about which the church must be deeply concerned. I think it is the challenge of our […] Read more »

Of Prayer and Perspective

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Prayer is about perspective. It is a communal practice that gets us in touch with’what is.’ The Eastern religions call it mindfulness. I call it the art of paying attention, and art is a practice. Prayer is not so much about asking favors of God, though we all do that, as it is a means […] Read more »