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Divine Disrupter - a prayer
O Rushing Wind, Burning Bush, Tongue of Fire,      awaken us from our slumber;      wrestle us from our comfort. Forgive . . .      our fear           disguised as righteous indignation;      our hatred           heralded as piety;      our selfishness     ...
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Hey, You
(a poem) Hey,  you; Yeah,  you. The one      sitting over there. The one      standing alone. The one      lost in thought. The one      feeling insecure. Listen. No, not to the noise, not to the lies, not to the thoughts      that clutter your brain;      ...
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Time to Breathe
(a poem) There is time. These hours These minutes These seconds There is time. Breathe in this moment. Breathe out its remnants. Savor the joy. Dwell in the pain. There is time. This now is what we share. This instant is what we have. It is not passing. It ...
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Holding Space
( a poem) I do not understand  your fears, but I have been  afraid before; this is our shared humanity.  Maybe  we could  hold space  for one another. I do not understand   your pain, but I have been  hurt before; this is our shared humanity.  Maybe  we cou...
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Love - Family By Choice
On the way back to Indy from Chicago. And as I sit on a quiet bus with a group of tired students and adults, I am overwhelmed by the love these amazing people have shown one another throughout the last eleven days. They have cared deeply for one another. Th...
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This Is It
"Love is real" is how one student captured their experience over these last ten days. Another said, "Love is the most powerful thing." Helene, our tour guide in Rome, said, "You show one another such love. And everyone wants to be a part of it." She is semi...
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Rome - Another Busy Full Day
We got back late last night, so no blog. Allow me to highlight very briefly our activities of the day . .  . We started at the Spanish steps. We then went to the Trevi Fountain. Then the glory of the Pantheon. Lunch A visit to the Vatican Museums. The Sisti...
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Return to Rome
Today brought with it a crazy early flight and a long bus ride into Rome. But was it worth it! When we arrived we took some time to get ourselves together. Then, we took a short walk from our hotel to visit two incredibly holy places: Santa Maria della Vitt...
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Sometimes You Learn So Much Your Brain Hurts
Did you know that two men dug a tunnel through the mountain on the island of Samos to deliver water from one side to the other beginning on opposite sides of the island in the 6th century BC? It took 15 years. They met exactly in the middle with only a 4 cm...
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Patmos - The Jerusalem of the Aegean
Today began on a boat, on a boat on the Aegean Sea. We sailed past Grecian Islands on lapis blue water as we made our way to Patmos, the Jerusalem of the Aegean. Once we arrived we sat in a small gathering area and Chelsea led in a conversation about Revela...
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