Wanting to believe – Pastoral Backstory – May 4th, 2017
May04

Wanting to believe – Pastoral Backstory – May 4th, 2017

May 4th, 2017 The mind, in times of bereavement, craves a certainty gained by reasoning as to the existence of the soul after death. –Gregory of Nyssa, (d. 395 AD) Can anyone come to believe in God without wanting to believe in God? Does wanting to believe in God somehow taint that search for reasons to believe? I’m asking nine minutes of your time for this week’s Backstory–or more if the topic fancies you....

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It’s impolite not to stare – Pastoral Backstory – April 27th, 2017
Apr27

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
Apr13

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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of sin and death – Pastoral Backstory – April 6th, 2017
Apr06

of sin and death – Pastoral Backstory – April 6th, 2017

April 6th, 2017 It was bound to happen. Koda, as many of you may know, is the most recent addition to our family: a jet black Labrador commissioned to service as a diabetes alert dog for our oldest son. She’s been specially trained to detect just by scent abrupt rises or falls in Seamus’s blood glucose levels. Those amazing powers of smell have now been finely tuned to do more than just search out food at a distance. To...

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