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The following was written by Susan Thistlethwaite after the October 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting. This paraphrase of Isaiah 58 continues to call us to both repentance and action: a perfect combination in this season of Lent in the church and this season of grief in our nation. - Reprinted from All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA. “What do you imagine God thinks of all the calls for prayers for the victims accompanied by the ...
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Bishops United Against Gun Violence have issued a Call to Action. Following is a reprint of the original statement. The heart of our nation has been broken yet again by another mass shooting at an American school. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We mourn with particular sorrow Carmen Schentrup, a 16-year-old student at the school ...
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Welcome to Week 1 Day 6 of Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John. I invite you to visit our Facebook group where you can view the posts for today — which includes a video from Br. Jonathan Maury, SSJE (also below) to assist you in a guided meditation on today’s passage: There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has ...
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Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty. These words are from the Litany of Penitence for Ash Wednesday (Book of Common Prayer, p. 266). They are words spoken in faith. Words have meaning. But words are not always enough. The Litany of Penitence offer important words of prayer in drawing attention to our need for repentance. But ...
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Welcome to Week 1 Day 5 of Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John. I invite you to visit our Facebook group where you can view the posts for today -- which includes a video from Br. David Vryhof, SSJE (also below) to assist you in a guided meditation on today's passage: But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not ...
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Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a time of self-examination and repentance, and to reflect on our mortality and God's saving grace. Earlier Christians observed this is a time of preparation for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those with “notorious sins” – who had been separated from the worshiping community, were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Today, the season of Lent ...
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Budgets are moral documents because they reflect our values. How we spend our money says something about us, whether we like it or not. The federal government's budget is no different. Where the nation chooses to spend our tax dollars indicates where the collective national values are. Or, to be more precise, the values of the party which controls the purse strings -- and those who voted them. But Congress must pass a proposed budget ...
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Welcome to Week 1 Day 4 of Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John. I invite you to visit our Facebook group where you can view the posts for today — which includes a video from Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE  (also available below) to assist you in a guided meditation on today’s passage: Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be ...
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