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Major SBC church ordains women despite SBC ban; Vatican cautions US bishops about denying communion to politicians; German Catholic bless gay unions despite Vatican ban.

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A Prayer for Entering the World Again

“May you be gentle with the world
celebrate the consistency in the changing of seasons
listen for the sounds of spring’s renewal
splash in a river’s water
and lean into the One who walks with you.”

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Faith To Go:

Jesus’ description of himself as the vine and the disciples as the branches from this week’s gospel, it’s implications for our spiritual lives, and what conversations at home will be like based on these gospel themes.

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Speaking to the Soul

A Prayer for Entering the World Again

“May you be gentle with the world
celebrate the consistency in the changing of seasons
listen for the sounds of spring’s renewal
splash in a river’s water
and lean into the One who walks with you.”

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Patience through the Wilderness

“I deeply mourned the loss of that dream and spent an entire year healing, focused on doing all the things I put on hold while I was in the wilderness. Despite the hardship, I did feel God’s presence. God was the pillar of cloud bringing me from oasis to oasis, meeting others who were traveling the same road.”

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Born of God

“The consciousness of being born of God is not constant in me by any means.  Often I act selfishly.  But the more conscious I am in the dance of creation the more torn open by love I am.  There is nowhere I have to go, nothing that I must become.”

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Julian, Anchorites and Hermits

“Many of us have felt as though we have lived a type of hermit-like life this past year or so, with limited contact with the outside world. We have felt cut off from family and friends, our church, even the simple act of going out to eat or shop. We have worn masks much as monks, nuns, or even hermits might have worn as identifying habits to mark them as set apart for religious or health reasons.”

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The Episcopal Diocese of Washington and Christ Church Accokeek agree to sale of property

“After a lengthy process of prayerful discernment, respectful conversation, and engagement with the Presiding Bishop’s Office and the Standing Committee, the leadership of the Diocese of Washington, working together with the leadership of Christ Church Accokeek, has decided to sell the property of Christ Church Accokeek to a new corporate entity that is not in union with the Diocese.” – Bishop Mariann Budde

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Humility in Power: The Ethiopian Eunuch

What is striking about the story in Acts, is that this powerful man, in a chariot, reading Isaiah, humbly said he could not understand, and needed someone to guide him. This was humility in its most pure and modest form.  Think how willing people are today to acknowledge what they don’t know. Think how often people resent someone who tries to teach something, however gently. A powerful man is assumed to be someone who knows the secrets to power, and is not assumed to be in need of a teacher. That is what makes the Ethiopian Eunuch a model for us all: true humility means we live the truth of who we really are, without pretension or deceit or false modesty. We acknowledge that there is wisdom greater than ours, and much to learn.

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Triple Dog-Dare

Today I continue to engage in childhood rites. Throughout my life, I have dared God to love me when I stray. I double-dare him to love me when I do not listen to him. I triple-dog dare him to again show his love in a direct and immediate way. So far, God has accepted all my dares. For me, the salvation story resonates like a dare that ends in victory. A girl charged with a nearly impossible mission could get close to God. All along, it was within reach.

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The Prayer Book in the Pandemic

In the last year, we have been presented with the opportunity to know the Prayer Book more intimately as friend and companion. While we have been, to varying degrees, separated from the Eucharist, the Prayer Book has been there for us offering community in isolation. In a time of great absence, it has served as a sacramental presence, an outward and visible sign of the presence of grace among us. In so doing, it has embodied for us the potential to realize that, despite distance, we are all connected and sustained by the mysterious yet abiding depth of a divine incarnational love.

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Ageism in the Ordained Ministry #3: Antidotes to Ageism

Inter-generational Collaboration Building requires new thinking and creativity at a time when longer and healthier lives already are upending our notions about what it means to grow old. The skills that older adults can offer are well-suited to the needs of youth. Inter-generational engagement benefits the participants their faith communities.

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