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Cathedrals are lit

Increasingly, cathedrals are employing light shows to draw the not-necessarily-religious into sacred space. Washington National Cathedral is one of many.

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Sight and Touch

“In this Sunday’s gospel reading, we see one of the most astounding perception-shifting passages in the Bible, and that is saying something. Jesus has been hinting to the disciples that he is more than what he seems to be, but they don’t get it. And let’s be fair—why should they? There certainly hasn’t been anyone like Jesus before.”

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Sewanee’s School of Theology to Increase Financial Aid

The School of Theology at Sewanee quietly announced yesterday that students in the Master of Divinity program will be able to attend tuition-free, beginning in the 2020-21 school year.

… [A]ll students entering the master of divinity degree program will receive aid to cover the full cost of tuition and fees as well as generous need-based aid to be used toward up to 100% of household living expenses, such as housing, food, utilities, transportation, books and supplies, and health […]

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Settlement in Lawsuit Challenging Travel Ban

A press release from ACLU-WA and the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia announcing the settlement of a lawsuit with the Trump administration.

Settlement in Lawsuit Challenging Travel Ban

February 10, 2020

From ACLU-WA:

As part of a settlement agreement in a civil rights lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s ban on refugees, the federal government will now prioritize the processing of dozens of refugee cases affecting hundreds of people in the United States and abroad.

“When you’re separated from your family, it’s like a piece of you […]

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Speaking to the Soul

Sight and Touch

“In this Sunday’s gospel reading, we see one of the most astounding perception-shifting passages in the Bible, and that is saying something. Jesus has been hinting to the disciples that he is more than what he seems to be, but they don’t get it. And let’s be fair—why should they? There certainly hasn’t been anyone like Jesus before.”

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Burnt out prayer

I hear, strangely far away, the alarm, still shrill. It reminds me of myself, demanding attention, seeking juice for my tired spirit, new life for my depleted soul. It reminds me of this prayer.

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If You’re Ready…

“I show up day after day trusting that God will do more with me than I can ever imagine or dare to believe. This is the beauty of God’s call in our lives. We are all called as God’s beloved children, and in that truth, we can rest knowing that God is with us.” 

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Why the Psalms?

“And I rest in faith of God’s grace and abundant love. But I am fragile and vulnerable. And I still wrestle with a wasted life. And all the things the psalmist said. The ups and downs of our life with God, our life in Christ. And I am seeking again in the Psalms the range of life’s emotions: fears, joys, pains, sins, angers, return to God. All of these are in the Psalms.”

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The Lead

Cathedrals are lit

Increasingly, cathedrals are employing light shows to draw the not-necessarily-religious into sacred space. Washington National Cathedral is one of many.

Read More »

Sewanee’s School of Theology to Increase Financial Aid

The School of Theology at Sewanee quietly announced yesterday that students in the Master of Divinity program will be able to attend tuition-free, beginning in the 2020-21 school year.

… [A]ll students entering the master of divinity degree program will receive aid to cover the full cost of tuition and fees as well as generous need-based aid to be used toward up to 100% of household living expenses, such as housing, food, utilities, transportation, books and supplies, and health […]

Read More »

Settlement in Lawsuit Challenging Travel Ban

A press release from ACLU-WA and the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia announcing the settlement of a lawsuit with the Trump administration.

Settlement in Lawsuit Challenging Travel Ban

February 10, 2020

From ACLU-WA:

As part of a settlement agreement in a civil rights lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s ban on refugees, the federal government will now prioritize the processing of dozens of refugee cases affecting hundreds of people in the United States and abroad.

“When you’re separated from your family, it’s like a piece of you […]

Read More »

The Magazine

Preparing for Good Friday

“The choice we Christians face this Lent is to confront the heritage from the past and its impact or to be silent. For the faithful who have heard over many years the Passion according to John, it can be heard differently this Good Friday. To the seeker who might hear this narrative rarely or even for the first time in our church, what must we say? What will we choose to say— in writing?”

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Understanding Evangelism: Three Key Terms

“When evangelism is strictly about sharing the good news, those who evangelize are energized and grow in faith, hope, and love. Conversion remains the amazing grace of the Holy Spirit. Evangelists help conversions happen, even being the linchpin at times. Church Growth stays as the work of the congregation, inviting others to join the community and letting them grow as a new member.”

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Island Time

The creed of one Christian denomination begins and ends with the words “We are not alone.” And though that is true, sometimes I want very much to be alone, to live on an island with a dog and some nice snacks.  And a wood stove.  Ok, and some books. And did I mention nice snacks?

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