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Raise Up a Child

June 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

“How can I give my children a spiritual foundation?” “Where should I take my daughter so that she can learn about her faith tradition?” “What should I do so that my son will develop a solid moral foundation?” I get a lot of questions like these. My first response is usually to say that there […]

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“I’ve Always Coveted Your Sidewalks…”

September 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

That’s what Hani said to us. Who is Hani?  Well, Hani Shihada is a chalk artist.  If his website is accurate, he may be one of the only remaining chalk artists in the city of New York. About a year ago, I saw Hani’s work on the Upper East Side.  People were pausing, looking, snapping […]

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Reaching Out

June 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

I recently stumbled on an interesting conversation surrounding the fresco, “The Creation of Adam.” The standard interpretation of Michelangelo’s masterpiece goes like this: As God reaches out to Adam (instilling him with life); Adam reaches back toward God in faith. Not all art historians agree. When studying the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, some claim […]

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March 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

Sometimes powerful acts of faith are going on right under my nose, and I almost miss seeing them in their simple beauty. Last night, Amy and I hosted a class of new members at the manse.  They were in our home for a get-to-know-you evening—wine and cheese and good conversation. This crop of new members is […]

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