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Looking for Jesus

Posted by Rev. Pat Grace on

Several years ago I made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The impressions and experiences I gained there would fill up so many pages, I have found that over time, I have to share the stories, just a few here and there – because to tell it all, would overpower me and the world. But one of...

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Choose Wisely

Posted by Rev. Nathan Finnin on

When I was in divinity school, one of my professors began the first lecture of the semester by saying “if you do all of the assigned reading, you will fail.” At the time, I didn’t fully understand the depth and truth of his statement, but as the semester (and subsequent years)...

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What if?

Posted by Rev. Sarah Carver on

One of the more common phrases I’ve read lately, is how the Corona Virus does not discriminate—everyone is at risk of being infected. This is true, viruses are simply opportunists, genetically programmed to spread so as to land in a host cell where they can replicate themselves...

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Reacting or Responding

Posted by Rev. Greg Farrand on

“Between stimulus and response there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”Viktor E. Frankl There is a stark difference between reacting and responding. Reacting is knee-jerk. We typically react without...

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Pandemic as a portal

Posted by Rev. Pat Grace on

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks...

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Serenity

Posted by Rev. Nathan Finnin on

The Diocese of North Carolina’s annual convention this past fall was keynoted by Tod Bolsinger, author of the book Canoeing The Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory. His talks were probably really good. The ones I was able to sit still for certainly were. Shortly after we...

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Falling into our prayers

Posted by Rev. Sarah Carver on

We had a flat tire the other day. And it wasn’t just a slow leak from somewhere in the tire, or the obvious foreign object jutting out of the tread…this was a three inch gash that ended the life of the tire instantly, and was well beyond repair. There was no limping home with this...

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Connection in the Time of Covid

Posted by Rev. Greg Farrand on

“The new survival unit is no longer the individual nation; it’s the entire human race and its environment. This newfound oneness is only a rediscovery of an ancient religious truth. Unity is not something we are called to create; it is something we are called to...

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The tables of our hearts, our prayers and our service

Posted by Rev. Pat Grace on

Dearly beloved: I’ve been hearing from many of you about how we might experience Eucharist together in this difficult time. I understand and resonate with the questions – and the feelings of longing for the sacrament that those ideas express. If there was any doubt in the meaningful...

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Building altars along the way

Posted by Rev. Pat Grace on

I have been thinking about Nathan’s sermon from this past Sunday – in which he encouraged us to leave our water jugs at the well – the symbol of our daily worries and responsibilities – and take up instead, the rock that provides living water. That’s the Rock of our...

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