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Ministry, wholeness and healing

In the Magazine we’re investigating “Brokenness.” In this piece, George Clifford explores brokenness in ministry and how the church must strive for wholeness in its ministry.

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Faith Reels: The Force Awakens…and also with you

If you have not yet seen this film, we will not go into specific details about the storyline. However, if you want to be completely surprised by the content of the film, please read this after you have seen the film. There is a place at the end of this commentary for readers to add their own comments. Please do.

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Leading voices of faith who died in 2015

RNS has a list of leading religious figures who have died in the past year.

They preached and inspired. They wrote and taught. Some lobbied in the halls of government. Others toiled to protect the environment and educate the young. Several died at the hands of persecutors.


Included were some whose voices were especially prominent in Episcopal Church circles, such as:

Marcus Borg – Jan. 21

The prominent liberal theologian and Bible scholar helped popularize the intense debates about the historical Jesus and the veracity and meaning […]

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whither 2015?

In our modern, connected world stories rise like rockets and quickly traverse the media sky and what seemed to generate so much light and noise in the immediate experience quickly fade from our attention. Sometimes, these stories speak to deeper happenings in the life of the body (and sometimes not) but here are some thoughts on the Church in the year just passed.

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Dainty but powerful

Prayer beads are a useful spiritual practice, as long as one knows what to pray while fingering the beads. A good friend of mine sent me a set of prayer beads a few years ago, but because I was stressed, the cord holding the pieces together broke and my inexperience with spiritual practices made the experience a fruitless endeavor.

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A reasonable response

I guess all I am saying is that if God can create a way to connect with a people who have, for millennia, been rather uncooperative, then we can dig deep and meet that with equal creativity

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Faith Reels holiday film vault

by Bonnie Anderson and Dan Webster


This week we look at films you most likely will be able to watch at home online (Netflix, cable On Demand, Apple, Amazon Prime, etc.) or DVD. We hope these films will spark the Christmas spirit that is already alive in you and provide you with humor, insight, and some form of unexpected reverence. Next week we will be out in the theaters again and will review ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.


‘Harold and Maude’

A 1971 […]

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Look Up!

After all, I am pretty sure Hell is just an eternity of getting what we thought we wanted.

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Inviting people to Christmas Eve services

This video is a gift to any congregation who might like to customize it with local Christmas Eve and Christmas Day service times and other information. Feel free to use it as you see fit. It’s royalty-free and ready for customization.

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