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be bold

One does not have to look far to find examples of everyday human beings, people like you and me, encountering God with open ears and open hearts, listening and watching in such a way that the encounter compels them to do something bold.  From the ordinary to the extraordinary.  Imagine Abraham standing under a night…

Belonging and Membership

Mary Oliver died today.  She was my favorite poet.  For years, I’ve looked to her for inspiration, for solace, for grounding, for peace.  Her words were simple, yet they communicated a depth of being that few can rarely put to words.  One of my favorite poems, and likely her most famous, is “Wild Geese”.  It…

Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation: What Are They?

When Bishop Marc celebrates our 150th anniversary with us on November 5th, he will confirm several adults and teens and receive several adults into the fellowship of the Episcopal Church. Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation are sacramental rites marked by a public affirmation of faith. So when and why are these rites celebrated, and who is…