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Walking in love on the Robert’s Mission

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information aiding in determining the cause of a fire in March at the Shoshone Episcopal Mission in Wyoming. Also known as the Robert’s Mission, it was established in the late 1800s as a Christian school by Reverend John Roberts, a Welsh missionary, with funds raised by Episcopal Bishop Ethelbert Talbot. The mission was assigned historical status in 1973 by the U.S. National Register […]

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Speaking to the Soul: Success in the face of failure

by Linda Ryan


“The man who cannot accept the possibility of complete, radical, personal failure in the carrying out of this Christian mission is not sharing that absolute poverty of spirit which characterized the freedom of Jesus to accept the divinely appointed means for his mission.” — John Narrone, A Theology of Failure


I’ve been thinking about failure lately, mostly personal, repeated personal failure. It’s not easy to admit that one often feels a total failure, especially when faced with the success of […]

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Speaking to the Soul: Paths of Peace

The Song of Zechariah reminds us that it is fear that binds us, but God is there to give us the strength to break free, and once free to determine for ourselves to put our feet on a different path.

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Speaking to the Soul: Cover-to-Cover

Reading the Bible gives access to a cultural touchstone and exposes the reader to stories that have been told for centuries. And reading the Bible oneself rather than hearing stories about what the bible says can be it’s own form of revelation.

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Speaking to the Soul: A memory of fire

There are only three more Sundays until the beginning of Advent, and the start of a new church year.

I love Advent and have ever since I can remember. Halloween might be my personal high holy day, but Advent is the church ritual that speaks to me.

It began when I was an acolyte in my home church in Wyoming. I loved being responsible for lighting the altar candles throughout the year and having a steady progression of additional candles to light […]

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Speaking to the Soul: Defending Hope

It is my conviction that worship, when it expresses the sentiments of the soul, turns lives around, untangles psychological knots, and brings wholeness – all by itself. Over time what is stuck or frozen begins to thaw and move and grow again. I have seen that happen, and so I know it to be true.

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