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A Tale of Four Churches

I lost my breath last Tuesday. As the first images of the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris came across my newsfeed, I was surprised by the depth of my grief. It is not a place that holds deep and abiding … Continue reading

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Unexpected Grace

I am a singer, and an amateur musician, which means I can play three instruments (I’m counting tambourine) just enough to be annoying. There’s often music playing in the office, or in the car, and when out and about I realize I’ve … Continue reading

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Winning Isn’t the Only Thing

“A miracle is when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A miracle is when one plus one equals a thousand.” ― Frederick Buechner So, the end came to Abbie’s (my daughter who plays college hockey) season … Continue reading

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Once We Were Methodists

Once we were Methodists, not by affiliation but in practice.  There was a time when the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) did not allow people who are openly GLBTQ to be ordained as officers, and the marriages of all were not recognized.  … Continue reading

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I Have Given Up on Love

I know all the verses as well as you. Love God. Love your neighbor. Love one another. The greatest of these is love. The problem for me is that we (the Church, Christians, those of us who worship on Sunday, … Continue reading

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The Sound of Silence

During Advent my congregation explored silence, as this was the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Carol Silent Night. At the beginning of this year I visited an audiologist and learned that I have “mild to moderate” hearing loss, (not unusual … Continue reading

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On Being (Faithful)

Ok, so not all of my deep thoughts come from Instagram, but the posts I tend to follow are the ones that give an encouraging comment, an engaging quote or a suggestion for practice. And there’s plenty of snark, too; the Thug … Continue reading

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