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shards for building a more compassionate community…

Spring is a season of possibility and I feel its pull as I sit in front of an open door adorned with an attentive cat. The air is fresh and almost warm, the birds are loud and my phone is … Continue reading

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Just as I am… for Lent

Charlotte Elliott’s verse…. ust as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me, And that Thou bidst me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Some new words: Just as I … Continue reading

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elusive sanity in the wordpress jungle

Perhaps because planning a wedding, a house remodeling, and a move need a counter balancing stress, I dove into website madness this week. In my defense, it started with the innocent occasional invitation to upgrade my blog a few weeks … Continue reading

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Rainbow Fish Tree Prayers

Litany (early in worship): Holy One, you have created humans with an array of differences but we have allowed our differences to divide us. We have failed to embrace the gift of diversity that you continue to offer, and in … Continue reading

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Litany for Lent A

Lenten Petition for Year A (Inspired by Iona Com’ty Worship Book) (2002) Because temptation is woven into the fabric of our lives, and we know the weariness of forty days in the desert, and the beckoning power of sweet fruit, … Continue reading

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spring without training wheels

The dumpster in the lower church lot is sitting in front of the last mound of snow bearing witness as neighbors walk by in shorts. Two weeks ago, a blizzard; today, lunch on the patio. Although the shape and character … Continue reading

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and when it’s time to let go…

“At what cost?” was the question put to me some years ago when I found myself cornered. At the time the words seemed cruel because they implied that to refrain from movement was an option and increasingly I was aware … Continue reading

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compassion is lighting a candle… and signing a petition

The law is clear and damning. But what of compassion? A mom is raising two children on her own. She is working full time and going to school nights, realizing that the only way out of poverty is through education. … Continue reading

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this little light of mine… where shall I let it shine?

A friend called this week to talk about a news story that I have studiously avoided. The story involved the personal life of a public figure and the choices of consenting adults. Following my own struggle to sort a private … Continue reading

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finding authenticity in memphis

As I swept through the church basement one last time, collecting miscellaneous socks before climbing in one of the vans filled with teenage energy, I had to laugh at myself. My very first youth event (more than two decades ago), … Continue reading

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