Some Assembly Required – June 22nd, 2016
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Some Assembly Required – June 22nd, 2016

    June 22nd, 2016 The medical profession would be very different were Abraham Verghese in charge. Serving for a year as a hospital orderly before beginning his own medical practice, Verghese discovered how those of his prestigious ilk could stand to learn from the very people who entrusted themselves to their care.  Too much of the practice of medicine, he discerned, failed to comprehend the full humanity of...

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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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