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Welcome the Little Children

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There are times when I wish I had never read the scriptures or been formed by them. There are times when I wish I had never learned history and taken in its horrors and its blessings to reject the first and follow the hopes of the second. There are times when I wish my own self-interest, comfort...

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Tags: children, camps, immigrants, detention

The Ground Game

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The rulings of the Judicial Council upheld and strengthened the legislation that was passed this past February at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference. The restrictive language that limits LGBTQIA+ persons from the full life and ministry of the church were affirmed and strengthened by...

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Tags: first church, united methodist, general conference, annual conference, lgbtqia+, ground game, judicial ruling

After Easter?

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After Easter? The great drama of Easter is over. The church staff has reported the progress of “putting it away.” The brightly colored eggs, chocolate bunnies and fluffy little chicks are all done at home. Easter is over. Now what do we do? There are fifty days in the church...

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The Flames of Holy Week

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The Flames of Holy Week The flames that have engulfed the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris bring me back to a Palm Sunday nearly a half century ago when I visited there with a high school group. My emotional speed, responding to footage of the blaze; the tumbling spire and collapsing roof...

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Tags: easter, flames, holy week, hope, notre dame