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Why Am I the Only One Weeping in Washington?

I was in Washington, DC this week, doing some work with fundraising colleagues. I spent a little time in the Holocaust Museum. A survivor was signing books about some of her experiences; I couldn’t introduce myself to her. I was already crying uncontrollably. The museum is designed so that the main hall into which one […]

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Mysterious Ways

I received this email from a friend today: “My friend from the lake asked me to come shoot some family photos before she looses her hair so I went there this morning.  Made for a somber day.  But, here’s the miracle. She handed me a check as I was leaving and insisted I take it.  I have […]

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Acceptance, or lack thereof

I belong to a fellowship – a humanity-ship –  of people trying to stay sober one day at a time. One of the rituals we enjoy as we open our time together is to recite a portion of a prayer written before World War I: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I […]

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Redemption Through Forgiveness

I just saw this movie and am still undone by its beauty. Bring your hankies! It is difficult to see and experience, and is beautifully acted. It is a true story about an Englishman and a Japanese man who meet again after World War 2. Their original meeting was as captor and captive. Although I […]

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Maunday Thursday 2014

Let us pray: Loving God, we are just beginning to realize how much you love us. Your son, Jesus was humble and obedient. He fulfilled your will for him by becoming human and suffering with us. You gather us in this upper room with your son, to be fed by your love. At that supper, […]

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Why is Good Friday good?

I have a friend with whom I will be forever bound in my soul, because she and I used to weep together on this day. We went through the Episcopal equivalents of 4 years of Disciples’ class and a walk to Emmaus together, and every year, at this time, we would lose it. We cried […]

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Tomatoes and the Ministry of Choice

Father Ham, in khaki shorts, preached in the Fellowship Hall, as he does every Sunday. The sermon was on choices, how we have them. But in a room of people with no homes, no jobs, what choices do they think are theirs: which place to go for food, or who to ask for work, or […]

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Job, the Philanthropist

‘It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.’ This is from the Book The Invitation […]

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The 1st Sunday in Lent, Year B: Lent then Easter

A while ago I picked up a copy of the Asheville Citizen Times, announcing a new important business coming to town. But the next story over  was about a man who is accused of killing his girlfriend’s 4 year old son, the child she hit in the face and locked in a refrigerator. This horror […]

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What Time Zone Was Jesus Born In?

  Last week I found myself wanting to send an email to Bishop Probal Kanto Dutta of our companion Diocese of Durgapur, India, to wish him Merry Christmas. And I wanted him to receive it on Christmas Eve so I realized I had to send it the 23rd of December in order for him to receive […]

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