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You Can’t Go It Alone in New York

October 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on You Can’t Go It Alone in New York · Faith and the City

This week I have been running into church members all around our fair city. I am still surprised when this happens.  It’s a numbers thing.  Hop around the corner to grab lunch in Gotham and you’ll pass a thousand other souls in two minutes flat.  Flashing along with all the other sardines, it is easy […]

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The Serial Usher

February 8th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Serial Usher · Faith and the City

I was recently at a dinner party with seven other New York City clergy.  Now, tossing a passel of ministers together with a few bottles of red wine is a good way to induce “Clash of the Clerical Egos.”  Although, this night was different.  A convivial spirit had everyone in its grips, and these men […]

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The New York Stress Exchange

February 4th, 2010 · Comments Off on The New York Stress Exchange · Faith and the City

This past Wednesday, I asked my barber, a quiet Italian guy at this classic, red-and-white twisty pole, barbershop on Lexington, what he thought about stress.  “Peter, what gives people stress?”  After a few more snips, he responded, “Too much work, and not enough work.”  I thought that was a pretty good answer. Later the same […]

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The Widow’s Mite

November 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Widow’s Mite · Faith and the City

This past week, a member of the church who volunteers in our “Ministry on the Steps” Program, received an surprising offering.  Here’s what happened…  On Sunday night, an anonymous man visited the homeless people sleeping on our church’s steps.  He gave each of the homeless people there a 100 dollar bill—a crisp Ben Franklin.  Now, we don’t […]

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