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The Gift of Uncertainty

“As we fast on religious assemblies, we are thinking for ourselves. We are living in the air between trapezes.  It can be terrifying, but it can also be exhilarating. We can stop seeking the answer to the thriller of our lives and instead, live in the questions a quiet horizon offers. It is humbling to be without certainty, however when the ego experiences a loss, the soul always receives a gain.”

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Therefore Let Us Keep the Feast

“This moment, when many are dying and we are all afraid, is precisely when the people of God need the Eucharist to be celebrated. Easter needs to happen. And if people are not able to be physically in the church, they are comforted and strengthened by being able to open a link and see the celebration of the Easter Feast in their churches. In classic Anglican fashion we need not split hairs about exactly what sort of participation this amounts to. We can agree that the people are gathered, that Christ is present, and that we have the blessed assurance that Christ our Passover is still, always and at all times, sacrificed for us.”

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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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