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Better not easier

Exploring the depth, joy, and richness of our siblings will take work. It will take discipline, mutual support, and mutual love. It won’t be easier. But it will be better. Continue reading

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The story of P***ed-off Pat: channelling the anger of parishioners into missional transformation

In a moment of reactionary anger, I made the mistake of saying: “How can you talk to a priest in this way?” The moment the words left my mouth I knew the mistake I had made. Pissed-off Pat wasn’t going to let me hide behind my title or the respect that I assumed I should have, because the truth of the situation was that I had done nothing to earn this respect in his eyes. Continue reading

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Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere.

In the meantime, we are called to live out life here on earth and we do so with a choice. A choice to choose between fear or hope. Maybe that sounds like a weak declaration to some of you, but I have nothing else. And I think it is enough. Continue reading

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Older sister

There are very serious breaches of trust, grave hurt, that human beings can inflict on one another and from which we need healing… how do I interpret my relationship with my brother in the kingdom of God? Continue reading

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Dear Christian trolls of the Internet

Christian troll, you are better than this. Be who you are: trolling is not the ministry to which you were called, and a troll is not the person God created you to be. Continue reading

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Now you just listen to me!…Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Sept. 7, 2014

For Jesus there is no room for vengeance, revenge or seeing anyone, not even the offender, “knocked down a few pegs.” Continue reading

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July 21, 2013 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Until our meetings spend more time in Bible study and prayer than we do on discussing which lightbulbs we will purchase or how we will raise money to replace the windows, we need to be convicted by this story of Mary and Martha. Continue reading

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July 7, 2013 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Sometimes, our task is to force the powers that be to recognize they are not above the law or humanity. No corporation, no government, no agency has a divine right to use the law or money to exploit others. Continue reading

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June 23, 2013 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

This can be a good Sunday to reinforce some your ideas about the Holy Spirit you may have preached on Pentecost Sunday. Continue reading

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