Laughing at life, or at death–a pre-Lenten Pastoral Backstory – February 23rd, 2017
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Laughing at life, or at death–a pre-Lenten Pastoral Backstory – February 23rd, 2017

February 23rd, 2017 There’s an old joke: Two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of them says, ‘Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.’ The other one says, ‘Yeah, I know, and such small portions.’ Well, that’s essentially how I feel about life — full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it’s all over much too quickly. Woody Allen   It’s the assumption of many,...

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Pastoral Backstory – September 1st, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – September 1st, 2016

  September 2nd, 2016   We’re studying this week in anticipation of the fall and Advent. So for this week’s Backstory, we share a few odds and ends. None loose–all related. So let’s begin with where we left things Sunday. Rectitude–its reimagining and redemption–was our focus. We began that sermon with the candid reflections and, at least in view of his audience, radical recommendations of...

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Pastoral Backstory – April 28th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – April 28th, 2016

    April 28th, 2016 The late Christopher Hitchens spoke defiantly about his perceived dangers of religious faith, the events of 9/11 catalyzing his simmering thoughts on religion into a full-scale crusade in both book and lecture. You might even have called him a prophetic voice against atrocities committed in the name of divinity. But his invective against the heinous acts of so-called religious people often distorted his...

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