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Christianity from the outside: Easter among the Humanists

Here was an assembly of good people, celebrating their common life and honoring some of the religious ideas of their neighbors — including mine. It felt fussy and theologically petty for me to reflect too much on what was missing for me here. But there was a lot missing.

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Lessons and hymns, Independence Day edition

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

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A common tongue

More broadly, each of us does have his or her own “language.” It certainly includes the various jargons of our many vocations and avocations, our jobs and our hobbies. It also includes the distinctive characteristics of our histories, our families, and our communities. Each pet name, each private joke from the shared experiences of spouses, families, and friends, helps shape a unique, individual “language.”

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My unintentional Lent

This Lent, I suggested we banish the phrase “I want” from our conversations. The goal, I explained, was to spend less energy thinking about what we don’t have and more being grateful for what we do. I framed this as a family discipline, but really, I saw it as a way to get my kids to stop driving me crazy with their endless pleas for more, more, more.

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Happy Easter from Episcopal Café

We pause from our usual routine today to honor the reason we ever came together in the first place: Christ is risen indeed! A blessed and happy Easter to all. We intend to spend the day doing Easter-y things, and encourage you to do the same. Unless something significant develops, we don’t plan to do reporting today.

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