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The Magazine: Five habits of faith

Some years ago, at the suggestion of an elderly and very wise Quaker friend, I developed a list of things that I wanted to do on a daily basis–habits, if you will. Next to each item, I put the time I thought I should spend on each thing: 10 minutes of utter stillness, 20 minutes of prayer, 1 hour of exercise. I taped the list to the bathroom wall, with the idea that I would track how much time I actually spent on each item.

The results were appalling.

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The Magazine: Habit, virtue and the journey to become

Jesus, I recognized, acted in ways that bent or made exceptions to the Law if adhering to the Law (or to its then prevalent interpretation) would have resulted in behaviors that disrespected or devalued persons. In other words, respect for the well-being of others was a foundational virtue for Jesus.

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The Magazine: More than a paper tiger: A reflection on the good work of Newark’s Dignity of Work Task Force

by Scott Petersen

What follows is an initial reflection on the report Fostering Respect in Church Settings released this January by Newark’s Dignity of Work Task Force. As someone who has watched this development from the outside of the Diocese, I was glad to see the report presented on the Diocese of Newark website.  The good news is such a document exists. It comes as good news to help address the need to build greater protections… greater trust… for clergy living […]

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The Magazine: the grief of dreams

Some years ago I realized that when we have loss, we grieve dreams as much as we grieve history. More recently I’ve come to believe that we grieve dreams especially, and perhaps even primarily.

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The Magazine: In Remembrance, Not Closure, Love Continues

This began what I now call a pilgrimage through loss. These were during the same years that our mourning-avoidant culture heralded “closure” and “moving on” as the hallmarks of healthy grief. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s “stages of grief” adapted from her death and dying work became a dominant narrative. This focus on closure seemed deeply flawed. Plus, it didn’t fit, and, instinctively, it didn’t seem wise or realistic.

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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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