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“I’ll admit it wasn’t until after becoming Christian that I truly began to examine the structural evils of the present day, and how Christianity has played a part in them. But by then, something had changed in me: Christianity was my home.”

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All Saints – Mobile replaces stolen BLM banner, again

The governing board of the majority-white Episcopal church voted to hang the banner after internal discussion of racism last year following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It was stolen before. It was again as the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, charged with Floyd’s murder, proceeds in Minneapolis.

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Augusta church to move Polk memorial, when and where TBD

The vestry of St. Paul’s Augusta voted in November to move the memorial to Leonidas Polk, the Confederate General and Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana. The memorial plaque is located behind the altar. No date or location has been set for the relocation of the memorial. The decision to move the memorial caused a split in the church with financial fallout.

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Speaking to the Soul

Abide in Him

“I’ll admit it wasn’t until after becoming Christian that I truly began to examine the structural evils of the present day, and how Christianity has played a part in them. But by then, something had changed in me: Christianity was my home.”

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A call to prayer

Now, with another change of location and a new technological innovation, comes this beep.

The last time I attended an in-person conference, I remember the keynote speaker mentioning in passing that he sets an alarm on his phone at noon each day to remind him to pray.

I have decided to regard this beep as my personal call to prayer.

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Show and Tell

“But it’s never just bread, wine, and water.
With each bite of bread, sip of wine, and splash of water, we are reminded that God comes to us in the most intimate, personal, and tangible ways.”

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Sewanee makes two moves related to racism

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, has made two recent moves addressing racism in its past. A stain-glass window in the chapel will be updated to remove the Confederate flag. And a School of Theology lecture series named for William Porcher DuBose, a slavery and KKK apologist will be renamed.

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All Saints – Mobile replaces stolen BLM banner, again

The governing board of the majority-white Episcopal church voted to hang the banner after internal discussion of racism last year following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It was stolen before. It was again as the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, charged with Floyd’s murder, proceeds in Minneapolis.

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As Low Sunday looms…

Every once in a while, I sit and think about one of my first ever challenging youth group kids, who, instead of sitting down with and having a hard conversation without relationship, I just continually loved on, showed respect to, and got to watch Jesus change her life instead. We can preach and teach and lecture and “pull aside,” but if we don’t have love, our clanging cymbals will drive someone away from truth. Love draws in.

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Easter Everywhere: Two Easter Morning Memories by Nargis Abraham

She thinks back to Easter in the home country.  Were they still conducting open air Easter sunrise services?  Mid-April will probably be really hot.  She checks the weather for Hyderabad on her smartphone. It is thirty-eight degrees Celsius there, at six-fifteen in the evening.  She is glad she is here in B.C.  If only they could see an actual sunrise over the mountains.

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Tom Buechele: Ageism in the Ordained Ministry, Part II

It is not the intent here in these offerings to damn the institutional Church for its complicity in ageism. As we well know, “isms” are pervasive and finds their  expression in mandates, protocols, exclusion. We have heard it said, maybe, who it is who loves the details. But this “ism” for my focus leads, I believe, to images of fragile, incompetent, disabled men and women with “white collars around their necks.

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In An Easter Church: The Long Holy Saturday by Terence Alfred Aditon   

How difficult to change a holy habit                                                   

           even for one holier.

They marked the time so they could tend the grave

While, unknown, this bursting Star of life                   

          was finishing the miracle of its own Sabbath sleep –

Or was it sleep?                                

          That Saturday is a secret kept by heaven —                

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