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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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Virus Concern Offers the Church a Worship Alternative

“Abstaining from communion was the single best Lenten experience of my life. I discovered that I could be fed by the Word and other elements of worship. During this period, I discovered God’s abundant grace and love not in the bread or wine but in other simple ways—a hymn, the sermon, and even in the exchange of a smile with a member of the congregation. My Easter experience was made extraordinary through my Lenten practice. I truly came to appreciate worship in all its diversity in the Episcopal Church.”

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Plan Your Escape Route Now

“Our mission is to be midwives of the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. That is no easy task and it takes enormous energy, courage, strength, and effort.”

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The Daily Sip

“Nature amazes me. But nature has a long view. It’s patient. I guess they liked swimming back then. Cats, I mean. It is so dangerous to be sure of things a few millennia old.”

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Mary Magdalene – My Lord

“I counted myself among those who followed you. It was said that I was but a woman and yet you welcomed me. I followed you and you spoke to me. Your words fed me, you strengthened me to stand, a woman among men, as witness.”

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Church Goes Missing: Little Women’s Critique of U.S. Christianity

“Charlotte Allen asks where the Christian faith is in Little Women. The 2019 Little Women film may not have the explicit references or the pedagogical morality of earlier iterations of the novel, but Greta Gerwig has turned this question to the church – where is the Christian faith and praxis in the church and in Christians?”

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