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Lenten Meditation: March 11

by Anne Peterson

“Chaos trusted is a dancing star.” — I love this crystallization of the Nietzsche quote “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”

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The “Gut Brain” and the Use and Misuse of God in the Presidential Election

by Ed Bacon

I was struck by these words Thomas Friedman wrote in The New York Times yesterday:

Donald Trump’s meteoric rise is lesson No. 1 on leadership: Most voters do not listen through their ears. They listen through their stomachs. If a leader can connect with them on a gut level, their response is: ‘Don’t bother me with the details. I trust your instincts.’ Many have come to Trump out of a gut feeling that this is a guy who knows their pain, even if he really doesn’t. Many of his supporters are from the #middleagewhitemalesmatter movement…are not interested in Trump’s details. They like his gut.”

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Lenten Meditation: March 10

by Sally Howard

This week, Isaac Ruelas, the All Saints Coordinator of Multiculturalism came to our Healing and Health ministry to help us assess our multicultural fluidity. After we answered an anonymous written assessment, he guided us into a discussion about our experience of the assessment. Isaac said two things that felt particularly helpful to me in equipping us for this journey.

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“Sowing Seeds of Unmerited Love”

Susan Russell on Sunday, March 6, 2016:

“‘Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done’ – and the good news we have to offer is that is true for every single member of the human family.”

“You’ve Got to Be Brave, Brave, Brave”

Bryan Stevenson on Sunday, February 28, 2016:

“It is the broken that can teach us what it means to accept God’s grace. It is the broken that can show us the power of mercy. It is the broken that will teach us what compassion can do. It is the broken who understands what it means to suffer weaknesses: It is when we are weak and broken that we are strong.”

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Lenten Meditation: March 9

by Susan Russell

Since we are knee deep in the election cycle and “political correctness” is back in the news, I revisited a piece I wrote for the Huffington Post on the subject last year and found I wouldn’t change a word:

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Featured Ministry: Spiritual Direction

This week our Featured Ministry is Spiritual Direction. Spiritual Direction is the sharing of the journey of our lives with a trained person who can assist in developing a closer union of love with God. A spiritual director is sensitive to the subtle movements of the spirit in the unique circumstances of another person’s life.

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Lenten Meditation: March 8

by Jenny Tisi

I make memory quilts. Each one is different and unique in its own way because I tend to not work with patterns. Some materials that make up the quilts come from childhood t-shirts, baby clothes, and even a wedding gown. Some are made for graduation gifts, and some for family members who have lost a loved one.

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Lenten Meditation: March 7

by Susan Russell

As we pass the midway point in the 40 Day Lenten Journey to Easter, I recall some of the words that launched our trek on Ash Wednesday: Is not this the fast I choose: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

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