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And God Created Humankind in His Image

And God Created Humankind in His Image

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. –Galatians 3:28                  In today’s day and age we might add “black or white” or “gay or straight” to Paul’s profound theological statement because the meaning would remain the same—in Christ all people, no matter their race or social status or gender or sexual preference or anything else that humans…

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The Exile of Rebekah and Isaac

The Exile of Rebekah and Isaac

Years ago, I was fortunate enough to travel to Israel for a pilgrimage through the Holy Land.  And this upcoming Sunday’s readings reminded me of one of the more interesting experiences I had while I was there.  This Sunday’s readings recount Abraham’s servant identifying Rebekah as the woman whom God chose to be Isaac’s wife through Rebekah generously offering to water the servant’s camels at the well.  I once had a professor point out just how physically difficult this would…

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Looking Past Labels

Looking Past Labels

We are living in a time when labels are becoming more important than relationship and understanding. Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, or Atheist. White, black, hispanic, asian, Native American, or indigenous? Straight or Gay? Republican or Democrat? These lists are far from exhaustive, but they demonstrate the ways we have insisted on labeling ourselves and others. These labels wouldn’t necessarily be an issue, but the ways we’ve been utilizing them have become extremely problematic. Every aspect of our lives have become…

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St. Thomas-Past, Present, and Future

St. Thomas-Past, Present, and Future

Though we often develop routines that make our lives somewhat predictable, our lives are always changing, in big ways and in small ways.  And because our communities are made up of people who are constantly changing, and even the very people who make up the communities around us are changing as people move due to new jobs or retirement, that means the places where we live can change from one day to the next.  Even the church, whose deep roots…

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Uncomfortable Faith Conversations

Uncomfortable Faith Conversations

Episcopalians are great at a lot of things—throwing a party, organizing a meeting, worshipping together despite theological differences (usually).  But one thing we Episcopalians tend to not do terribly well is talking to people about our faith.  But our reticence to talk about our faith stems from good intentions.  We don’t want to be pushy or preachy.  We don’t want people to feel uncomfortable.   We don’t want to come off as door-to-door salesmen trying to sell someone on our faith. …

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Saint Bartholomew’s Honorable Mentions

Saint Bartholomew’s Honorable Mentions

If you were asked to name Jesus’ Apostles, some of the names would be easy for a Christian to come up with—people like Peter, John, even Judas all played significant roles in the Gospel narratives. However, when we think of the twelve apostles, Bartholomew is probably one of the last names to come up. It’s hard to remember ever learning anything about Bartholomew’s role in the spreading of the gospel. Why is this? Well, the reason is pretty obvious if…

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Pilgrimage Blog, day 5- Heal to Serve

Pilgrimage Blog, day 5- Heal to Serve

When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. -Matthew 8:17 Yesterday’s post was about healing-discovering what it is we need to heal and supporting others who are struggling. But what’s the end goal of our working towards healing: healing for ourselves, healing for our relationships, healing for our diocese? It’s true that this healing is…

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Pilgrimage Blog, day 4-Being Vulnerable Enough to Heal

Pilgrimage Blog, day 4-Being Vulnerable Enough to Heal

When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.’ He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.’…

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Pilgrimage Blog, day 3- Stuck Between a Rock and an Old Place

Pilgrimage Blog, day 3- Stuck Between a Rock and an Old Place

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell,…

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Pilgrimage blog, day 2- Good Fruit and Prickly Thorns

Pilgrimage blog, day 2- Good Fruit and Prickly Thorns

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it. –Matthew 7:13-14   Which gate are we choosing to take in this pilgrimage, both as a diocese as a whole and as individual parishes?  Do we hope that this process will lead us onto a…

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