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Dorothy Symonds
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Minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Hospital Chaplain in Behavioral Health, Certified Thanatologist, Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator/Trainer
Minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Hospital Chaplain in Behavioral Health, Certified Thanatologist, Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator/Trainer

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Perhaps it is a good time for we as individuals, and as a nation, to open our hearts to the truth of our need of God’s forgiveness and salvific grace. Surely, we are living days when the thoughts of the proud are scattered and, more and more, we know the aching danger of living among empty, prideful hearts….
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Advent from the Underside: 4th Sunday, Hope Amid the Scattered Thoughts and Aching, Proud Hearts
Advent from the Underside: I met the hope of the world this morning in worship on this 4th Sunday of Advent, the day we set aside to wait in hope. (It was not DT.) In part, the Luke reading went like this: “And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my...
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Based on what I hear from people who are honestly, and in earnest, seeking places of spiritual, communal and social compassion and integrity to call home, such a prayerful, public, faith-filled commitment to concerted action might be a good way to witness being Church in new way for this new mullein. Witnessing our faith in Christ with the integrity of our actions such that the people trapped in the land of deep darkness can see the shining light of Christ (Is. 9).  Jesus is the way, the truth and the light…. 
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New Directions, Light it the Darkness
I am not the leader of one of the historic mainline
Protestant denominations. That is likely a very good thing. But I am an ordained
Presbyterian minister and a hospital Chaplain in Behavioral Health for over two
decades. I listen to people for a living. I ...
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More mass shooting in 2015 than there have been days. Impotent leadership. After so long, even the most ardent prayers only placate. Sadness. Anger. Grief. Fear.  I am coming to believe that as sharers in the sin-sick soul of this nation, we each more Helen Lovejoy than Sojourner Truth.
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2015 Mass Shootings and a Prayer on the Constitution
More mass shooting in 2015 than there have been days. Impotent
leadership. After so long, even the most ardent prayers only placate. Sadness.
Anger. Grief. Fear.  I am coming to believe
that as sharers in the sin-sick soul of this nation, we each more Helen...
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Whether or not you self-identify as religious or claim Christianity as your own, you can still spend some time in this season of preparation for Christmas to prepare spiritually for the celebration on the 25th.
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First Week of Advent from the Underside: How Will You
Prepare? If you live in the US, you celebrate Christmas, even if you
aren’t religious, or a Jewish or are Buddhist or are Whatever. Given our
national obsession with making money at of the Birth of Jesus...
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Even on the couch in our own living rooms, we cannot avoid the intrusion of violence, and death, refugees and protests, a nation divided over race and power, privilege and the absence of hope. Human life is always filled with destruction and violence, Luke and, our difficult times lived early in the digital-age of perpetual news cycle sources all around us, simply call a reality, most of us do our best to avoid, into sharp focus. Luke’s assurance, is exactly what  we are needing to hear: when things seem the most hopeless, our redemption, our hope, is drawing near.

What can we do?
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The End is Always Near                                                                                                  First Sunday of Advent 2015, from the Underside Kintsug i Meditations for a Broken World  Luke 21: 25-28:  “There will be signs in the su...
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