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Students remove portrait of Vermont bishop who defended slavery

The students of Rock Point School in Burlington have removed a portrait of the Rt. Rev. John Henry Hopkins, first bishop of the Diocese of Vermont. Hopkins believed the controversy over slavery could be remedied by proving that it had a biblical basis. He is perhaps best known for his 1861 pamphlet, Bible View of Slavery. A second portrait of Hopkins remains on display with context written by the students.

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NYT on VTS reparations payments

“Ms. Thomas, 65, said her mother remembered growing up in a little white house on the campus. She said her grandfather had dreamed of becoming a minister but had been barred from applying to the seminary because of his skin color. Eventually, near the end of World War II, he moved to Washington and became a minister before his death in 1967.”

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Speaking to the Soul

Discernment

by The Rev. Danae M. Ashley Art: Sisson, Christian ; Bass, Saul ; Simov, Svetoslav. Who are We are on the Road to Find out,

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Anointing One Another

“I wonder what sorts of dreams David had before Samuel’s arrival.  He was a poet and a musician.  Did he play for his brothers and for the sheep he tended, thinking that would be his greatest gift?  Did he envision a lifetime of caring for the family flocks on the Palistinian hillsides?”

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Authority

“Another question that occurred to me was, where is this happening in our own time? Who has authority,  and where does it come from?  Religious sects and denominations, political parties, martial and judicial officials, and even groups like homeowners’ associations claim power and authority, yet where does it come from?”

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Son of Encouragement

“Receiving a new name is a common theme in the Bible, a name that always seems to match the new role.  I have to wonder about the yin-yang of that.  Does the name come from who we are to begin with, personality-wise, or is it something to hold up as an icon for inspiration?  Or is it a little of both? “

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First to climb Denali, June 7, 1913

In 1913 Hudson Stuck, Archdeacon of the Yukon and the Artic, organized a party for an attempt to be the first to reach the summit of Denali (Mount McKinley). The group reached the summit on June 7, 1913. Alaskan native Walter Harper was first to reach the summit.

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Brooklyn: Apartment building rising where parish hall stood

On property owned by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Clinton Hill, Brooklyn an 17-story apartment tower will rise. The current parish hall is being demolished to make way for the tower. The developer has a 99-year ground lease with the church. Thirty percent of the housing will be affordable. And there will be space in the new building for church operations.

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Curry addresses Hobart & William Smith 2020 graduates

Like the Greatest Generation, the Classes of 2020 have been “formed and forged in a crucible of hardship,” as the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry ’75, D.D. ’20 told graduates in his Commencement address. “Part of your most important formation as human beings has happened in the crucible not of a Great Depression, but of a great pandemic.

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My Most Unpopular Homily: Personal Essay by Terence Aditon

But that is where the happiness over my homily came to an end, because I said that as Christians, perhaps we should add a ritual to Valentine’s Day. Perhaps we should celebrate Agape as much as Eros, and follow the words of Our Lord, to love our enemies, to pray for those who persecute us, to put aside anger and vengefulness in favor of the call Jesus made to us, who follow Him.

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Psalm Reader Part I: Confidence in God in the COVID Chaos, A word from Sri Lanka

When disaster hits, how can one remain fearless? The Psalmist’s faith is focused solely on God’s near presence and support, not on something remarkable in himself, his nation’s rulers, or the superpowers of his time. The entire Psalm has the same theme of trusting in God’s presence, support, and security for God is their refuge. It also emphasizes God’s existence and friendship with His people, and the Psalmist reveals the secret of his unwavering certainty and faith in God’s presence. The Psalm’s second section (vv. 4-8) starts by proclaiming the blessings of being in God’s presence (v. 4). The river that runs through Jerusalem brings joy to the city of God. In its metaphorical sense, the river denotes blessing, regeneration, harmony, and prosperity, with the river serving as a source of life.

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Holy Trinity is Holy Relationship (A Redistribution of Good Faith!)

If we believe that God sits high above us, on some judgment seat, pulling strings and ordering angels around, and acting impulsively and capriciously – well, the chances are that we ourselves will act like that. If we think that God just sits around getting angry and upset all the time – well, the chances are that we will act like that.
 
But, if we believe that God actually loves people – well, the chances are that we ourselves will love people, too. And, if we believe that God lives in holy and healthy relationship – well, the chances are that we ourselves will try to live in holy and healthy relationship.

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Peace in Jerusalem – Commentary by Steven Woolley

Deadly violence in Israel has erupted once again.  It’s captured the world’s attention, and with it aspersions are cast in angry self righteousness.  The Levant has been a whirlpool of contending peoples visiting war, famine and death on each another since the beginning of recorded history, so the current outbreak should not surprise anyone. 

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