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She was a French philosopher, a mystic, and a political activist.  As her life progressed, she moved deeper into philosophy and became more religious.  When Simone Weil died at age 34 in the midst of World War II, Albert Camus described her as “the only...

“What you are writing is helpful – it is something for us to aspire to – but this is too hard, too challenging right now.”  “I’d love to have my church board spend a generous amount of time talking of larger topics of God’s imagination,...

Every church board faces hard choices at its meetings.  Beginning with how to structure the meeting itself. Choice One is to spend time… …on the minutes from the previous meeting, correcting typos and the list of excused absences; …making one board member uncomfortably read some...

In his wise and insightful New York Times piece titled “The Unsettling Power of Easter,” Esau McCaulley recalls an Easter of his youth. I grew up in the Southern Black church tradition, where Easter was the opportunity to don your best outfit. The yellow and...

It must be hard to contemplate the breadth and depth of your church board agenda right now.  New protocols for meeting in person, staying safe, being ready to contact-trace if needed, and tracking vaccination levels.  But also, in-person worship (or when can we do that?)...

In some traditions, the story of Thomas’ encounter with the Risen Christ, following upon his earlier missed opportunity, is suggested for the Sunday after Easter. You’ll notice careful construction in the previous sentence to avoid the word “doubt.”  In the clear proclamation of John’s Gospel,...

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