In search of a way forward – Pastoral Backstory – January 12th, 2017
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In search of a way forward – Pastoral Backstory – January 12th, 2017

January 12th, 2017 In this week’s Backstory: bracing belief, refugees redux, and how you might spend part of your 2017   We began the new year with a new series last Sunday–on the essential elements of what we believe as they’re summarized in the Apostles’ Creed. [ed. note: Ever wonder how we got that creed, or any subsequent one? Here’s the introductory chapter to a book by Frances Young on what...

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Pastoral Backstory – May 12th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – May 12th, 2016

    May 12th, 2016 So there was probably a time in your childhood when you played that game known as “telephone.” You’d sit in a circle and someone would begin by whispering a sentence into the ear of the person beside them. Then one by one the message would travel around the circle, each receiver then becoming a sender, all in hopes that the message originally sent would make its way fully intact to the...

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Pastoral Backstory – March 17th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – March 17th, 2016

    March 17th, 2016 We’re out this week, but we’ll be here for Palm Sunday. Meanwhile we left you this essay from a doctoral student in philosophy named Luís Pinto de Sá. We’ve attended to the vices that centuries of reflection have landed on as those most prevalent and deleterious to the soul. But de Sá argues there may be another vice this modern world most tempts us with. It’s an ancient notion...

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Pastoral Backstory – March 10th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – March 10th, 2016

    March 10th, 2016 With last Sunday’s sermon on gluttony, you’d expect some leftovers. Here’s a little of what we were just too full to partake of. Laurie Shapiro is a writer who found her weight-gain inexplicable. She’d had seasons of excess eating, due to stress or pregnancies or loss, but at least during those times she could account for the gains. In recent years she’d sworn off...

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