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The Gift of Patience
Dear Friends, One of the assumptions we commonly make is that human beings
know how to do all the things human beings are called upon to do. We assume
people know how to be married, how to be parents or friends. It is assumed we
know how to love, be loved, ...

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Celebrating Our Ancestors in Faith
Dear Friends, This summer, I've been invited to four birthday celebrations – a 70th, 80th, 85th and 88th – celebrations for women and men who have lived life wholeheartedly and who have come to this day through their own share of life-shaping suffering as w...

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Encouraging Truth in our Lives
Dear Friends, A new word has just
made its way into the Oxford English
Dictionary : post-truth, meaning that “facts are less influential in shaping
public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” The National Geographic featured as its cover st...

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The Laughter of Life
Dear Friends, Laughter is an essentially human characteristic. We are the
only creatures that make connections that tickle our funny bones. Bob Newhart
says that “Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event,
deal with it and then mov...

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Our Sacred Bodies
Dear Friends, The temperature has finally hit the summer range – 70s and
80s and 90s. We’ve put away hats and scarves, the clothes we wear all winter
long from our heads to our feet. Release! Out come shorts and tanktops, flimsy
shoes and, if we’re wise, su...

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Gifts of the Spirit
Dear Friends, As a Church, we celebrate Corpus Christi today – the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Paul gave us the earliest account of the institution of the Eucharist – the self-giving of Jesus to all believers under the elements of bread and wine....

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Sharing Life and Love
Dear Friends, Some time ago, Barbara Bush gave the commencement address at Wellesley College. She voiced thoughts that might help us deepen our sense of this weekend’s Feast of the Holy Trinity. Barbara Bush said to the graduates, “Whatever choice you make ...

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Speaking God's Language
Dear Friends, Speaking of Pentecost, we can easily be overwhelmed by the rushing wind, contagious fire and enabling Holy Spirit, that we miss one other potent aspect of the day: namely, that everyone heard Peter speaking in their own tongues – in their very...
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