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Much Obliged

Jesus called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them,” If any want to become my partisans, cause them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me….” -Mark 8: 34 Just over a week ago, on Ash Wednesday, “weve had” the sign of the cross placed on our foreheads by someone else, […]

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Who is God?

by The Rev. Danae M. Ashley To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him? Isaiah 40:18 There is an old story about a small group of blind people encountering an elephant for the first time. Each party was had contributed to a different part of the elephant’s body and described […]

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That Angel

Image: The Annunciation, by Andrea del Sarto, 1512 I’ve spent the past several days looking at pictures from across the centuries of the Annunciation.  They’re all a little different, as each artist takes the story and the history of its imagery and makes it his or her own.  So, while there’s usually a lily or […]

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The Other Side of Confession

For the last couple of weeks, the lectionary has been contributing us to consider questions of forgiveness, reconciliation, and now, this Sunday, fairness, with the parable of the laborers in the vineyard. As I have been contemplating the tension between forgiveness, shame, and kindnes, I revisited the words of the admission we generally say at […]