Caught and culpable – a Holy Week Pastoral Backstory – April 13th, 2017
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Caught and culpable – a Holy Week Pastoral Backstory – April 13th, 2017

Do take a moment to scroll down to our Postscript for a comment about our upcoming Good Friday service. April 13th, 2017 The following meditation is taken from the book of Lamentations,  1:1-3, 16 and was given on April 10th. In the south of Poland, in a town named Zakopane, there sits a prison once used by the Gestapo in WWII where numberless men, women, and children were processed on their way to the thousands of Nazi-run...

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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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Insulation, Coordination, Immigration – Pastoral Backstory – February 9th, 2017
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Insulation, Coordination, Immigration – Pastoral Backstory – February 9th, 2017

February 9th, 2017 In this week’s Backstory, another tragedy of insulation, compassion’s need for coordination, and the fervently informed response to immigration   It’s only been a few weeks since we recalled one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s timeless dictums: In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever...

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Inaugural issues – Pastoral Backstory – January 19th, 2017
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Inaugural issues – Pastoral Backstory – January 19th, 2017

January 19th, 2017 In this week’s Backstory, The inaugural address, of life inaugurated, and how silence augurs well for something salutary. There was no precedent for what he was about to do–no template to appeal to as some security that what they were attempting had warrant for confidence. Many had called for him to be addressed as, “Your Most Benign Highness,” or “His Majesty the President.” They...

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