Regroup or Redouble? – Pastoral Backstory – March 23rd, 2017
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Regroup or Redouble? – Pastoral Backstory – March 23rd, 2017

March 23rd, 2017 We dedicated this space last week to talk of justice (as a prelude to hearing what the Preacher of Ecclesiastes had to say). Where does such a monumental mandate start to play out in the “minute particulars?” A recent conference sponsored by The Front Porch (of which Rev. Anyabwile is a central player) brought together several wise minds to offer some preliminary but concrete next steps in the...

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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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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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