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To proclaim and strive for the kingdom of God

Our Episcopal Church has an active and essential role to play in society. We must be more than a voice, more than a presence. We are called to strive. We are called to proclaim. Like Moses, Isaiah, Jesus, and the countless others, we are called to free those oppressed in the slavery of an economy and culture that treats human labor like a commodity.

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The Willing Wall

Many know of the “wailing wall” in Jerusalem, and many have likely experienced anguish in the church. But what if we had a place to share our stories, to express our hopes and the strength of our faith? What if we had a “willing wall” to collect our dreams?

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Keening: Go ahead and cry out

Sometimes we humans need to pull out all the stops and let out a great huge cry. A friend told me recently about keening. Some ancient Christian Celtic monasteries would have a room set aside for keening. Women from the surrounding area would go there to wail. Women would weep for the dead, weep for injustice and weep for mothers of dead children in the village, weep for their own griefs of loss and betrayal.

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