I hate squirrels.  Really, really hate them.  Not all squirrels, mind you.  Just the ones that like to hang out on my deck, dig up my recently planted bulbs, and tear up my beautifully potted, not inexpensive perennials.  These squirrels, the ones that think they...

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15 Sep Practicing Community

“What is the best thing about being part of a religious order?” a monk was once asked.  “Community,” he replied.  “Living with my brothers.”  “And what is the hardest thing about being part of the order?” asked the questioner.  “Community,” the monk replied.  “Living with...

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18 Aug Helping, Fixing, or Serving?

My church recently experienced three instances of people asking for money—all on the same Sunday. Two people came into the building, one during worship and one after worship, and one person stood outside the church, seeking money from parishioners as they left.   Our experiences that...

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11 Aug Your Spiritual…Type

Spirituality is intensely personal. Well, “ duh.” Of course it is, you might be thinking. What we often fail to consider, however, is that while the personal nature of faith is rather obvious, the implications are not. Educators have long made us aware that learning...

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