Faith takes refuge in beauty – Pastoral Backstory – June 8th, 2017
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Faith takes refuge in beauty – Pastoral Backstory – June 8th, 2017

June 8th, 2017 We begin with a follow-up from a recent Backstory. Do you remember the poignant poem we posted recently by Poet Laureate of California, Dana Gioia–the ode to his young son who died and which Gioia entitled “Prayer”? It so happens the poem has been set to music, and by none other than Martin Lauridsen, the composer of another piece we have a tradition of posting each Advent, (O Magnum Mysterium). The...

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Do not go wordless into that good night – Pastoral Backstory – May 25th, 2017
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Do not go wordless into that good night – Pastoral Backstory – May 25th, 2017

May 25th, 2017   What would you say to someone who might die in days? What wisdom or comfort might you offer them? Could you offer such? In this week’s Backstory, these three: a testimony, a poem, and a song. Together they form a preface and postscript for our short series on the doctrine of resurrection from chapter 15 of Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth.       First, the testimony (which will...

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It’s impolite not to stare – Pastoral Backstory – April 27th, 2017
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It’s impolite not to stare – Pastoral Backstory – April 27th, 2017

April 27th, 2017   Curators have a short list of essential elements for the art galleries they oversee. They need walls on which to hang the art. They need lights to illumine the art. They need white, lint-free gloves to handle the art. They need docents to help people appreciate the art (and keep the toddlers from “adorning” the sculptures with half-eaten Cheerios.) But curators are also in the market for benches:...

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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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