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What do you hope for?

Last weekend, our parish set up an enormous graffiti-board at a festival called Flowermart  that we knew was going to draw a couple thousand people. (Jim Quigley blogged about the idea here: http://stalbansdc.org/the-daily-cup/from-bones-to-hope/.) What happened was pretty magical: People of all ages … Continue reading

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Making Space

In the last few months, I felt that I was drowning in paper. There were heaps of it on my dining room table, piles on my file cabinet and even (to my shame) tucked into a closet. At work, nobody … Continue reading

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For the Love of God

I read, once, an article by a woman who had decided to join a Christian community. She wrote that when she had become part of it, she began to feel utterly discouraged by the astonishing gifts of the other members. … Continue reading

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The big picture

The start to my ordained ministry was a rough ride. I chose to go to a parish that was experiencing significant conflict, which ended up with the departure of a number of members. When they left, of course, they took … Continue reading

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Welcome, Just as You Are

When walking a Great Dane one hears a very a typical range of remarks.  Upon hearing them I frequently think of something my mom was fond saying: “If I had a nickel for every time I heard that!” There’s Letterman-like … Continue reading

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

As some of you know, I have just returned from walking a portion of the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrim route (or, more accurately, routes) that lead to Santiago de Compostella, which is supposed to be the burial site … Continue reading

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A Pastoral Word for the Imperfect

Without doubt yesterday (Father’s Day) was a day of mixed blessings.  For every family that experienced a glorious day of togetherness there were throngs of us who muddled through the day with a sense of incompleteness and wonder.  After church … Continue reading

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