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The Magazine: Loss and Love

But what is loss? And how does it fit into the larger palette of our emotional lives? How do we deal with loss over time?
The answer, I have come to believe, depends on loss as an essential corollary of love; without one, there cannot be the other. And because love is a necessary part of our existence, loss too is an essential part of our lives.

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The Magazine: Loss

“Overweight.” That was the verdict from my iPhone’s BMI index. I had been skinny all my life until now, but that had ended and I had to face the fact that I was headed in a bad direction. At almost 60, “Obese” could be in my future. If I didn’t want to end up like the rest of my family, I had to come to grips with reality.

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The Magazine: the dynamic invitation of God

by George Clifford

In college and seminary in the 1970s, I was taught that stasis was theologically superior to dynamism. For example, course content emphasized that God—unlike humans—is immutable, unchanging, and unchangeable. I was taught that revelation ended when the canon closed. Yes, God still spoke to individuals, but God had no fresh message, revelation, or scripture to give to God’s people. My professors openly disdained groups such as the Mormons and Pentecostals who believed in God’s ongoing revelation.


For reasons I […]

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The Magazine: Formed in grief, formed in absence

by Maria L. Evans


O God, whose beloved Son took children into his arms and blessed them: Give us grace to entrust N. to your never-failing care and love, and bring us all to your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 —Page 494, Book of Common Prayer


The most dynamic-altering event in my family during my lifetime was the November day in 1960 […]

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The Magazine: Surprised in the Morning

by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley

I frequently wake in the morning completely surprised that I have made it through the night.


No, I am not surprised that I am alive.


I am surprised when I awake to discover that it is morning, and that apparently, one of my people has also made it through the night.


For four months running, I have had parishioners who were dying—actively dying—at our local hospital. From the moment they entered the hospital, we knew that […]

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The Magazine: American Medicine: A Call for Healing

By Dr. Peter N. Purcell

I believe that American Medicine is suffering from a soul-sickness that is interfering with its ability to perform its mission of healing the sick. The system, composed overwhelmingly of compassionate professionals anxious to help their patients, needs the ministry of the Church to be healed.


I am not especially well-read on Church history or on the history of religion and medicine and their many intersections. However, as a surgeon, I am an expert at witnessing, almost daily, […]

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