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Our Corona-Cloister

“…depending on how a monk feels on any particular day or hour or moment, one was either protected by the cloister gate or imprisoned by it. One was either shut down by the vows or enlivened by them.”

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Book Review: Buying God

As any doubt over the far-ranging consequences of different views on economic matters color our upcoming presidential election, our theology and civil engagement are absolutely intertwined.

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Forced into a Pagan Easter

What if we could all do this on Easter Day?  What if we could all place a daffodil on the grass, lots of them, six feet apart? What if, on the grass of the the parks of our little village, we could spread daffodils marking six-foot-squares? And what if, in the parks by our seas, we could all gather on Easter Day in a Creed-free Zone?  Silently? Socially-distanced but together. Do I mean to annoy liturgists?  No.  It’s just a side-benefit.

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God is not Found in the Church

Post-temple Jews continued to gather in synagogues, but I have always been fascinated by the way the primary altar of Judaism shifted to each and every home. Think of it, Christians: the high holy day of Passover is celebrated in the home! I often joked with clergy colleagues, “What if we told our people that there would be no Christmas or Easter services at church? What if we told them to celebrate at an altar in their own homes? They would run us out on a rail.” 

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Faith in the Time of Quarantine

“While I did not expect love to be the overriding emotion this past week, surely enough it was. Love for myself, love for those close to me, love for those I’ll never know but hope will be well. Just as strongly, I felt loved. Loved by those I see and speak to. Loved by a God of Grace.”

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By Thine Agony and Bloody Sweat

“This is torture. I loathe this litany. Lent is not really supposed to be about suffering, so why am I making myself suffer? Is this harder than giving something up? Why am I so unholy that I can’t pray this stupid litany?”

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Church In A Pandemic? Improvise!

“This is why faith formation in the “good times” is so important. The pay-off comes in the crisis. I’m proud of my community. I’m learning from them how to be church in the time of pandemic.”

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