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January 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on Mulch · Faith and the City

Life moves fast. If you walk around the city this week, you cannot help noticing the curbside stacks of bedraggled Christmas trees. They are ready for “Mulchfest” — New York’s annual recycling program that turns our holiday remnants into something useful for local parks and playgrounds. The Church moves fast, too. This week we celebrate Baptism […]

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A Prayer for Paris

November 13th, 2015 · Comments Off on A Prayer for Paris · Sharp Prayers

God of Compassion, we pray for the people affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris. We pray for the wounded. We pray for families who have lost loved ones. We pray for the fire, police, military and ambulance staff on the scene. We pray for the doctors and nurses caring for the injured. Holy and Righteous God, these cynical and cowardly acts […]

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Is Same Sex Marriage, Christian Marriage?

January 23rd, 2014 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

“Every generation of Christians is obligated to wrestle with theological controversy.”  –Rowan Greer Professor Greer illustrated this truth by taking his students on a semester-long tour of the Church’s fiercest and most important fights. Along the way, he constantly reminded us that Church History is the record of Christian communities and individuals at conflict with […]

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Some Good, Motherly Advice

May 9th, 2013 · 18 Comments · Faith and the City

Yesterday morning I was listening to the radio. It was a call-in program. I usually reach for the “off” button when a host starts to take calls from the “listening audience.” This one, however, held my attention. 

The announcer said, “Ok, Mothers Day is coming up this weekend. So here’s my question for all of […]

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The Bowling Lanes of the Lord

January 19th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Faith and the City

In the 1920’s, my father’s parents (Beatrice and Edgar) emigrated from Scotland to the United States.  Passing through Ellis Island, they moved into an apartment at 94-13 Jamaica Avenue in Queens. My grandfather was a journeyman carpenter who plied his trade in the New York shipyards.  My grandmother was a clerk at Bloomingdales.  Together they […]

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What is LOVE?

November 15th, 2010 · 13 Comments · Faith and the City

You know the song. We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord. We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord; And we pray that all unity may one day be restored; And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. They will know we […]

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