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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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Heroes, Villains and Violence

October 18th, 2015 · Comments Off on Heroes, Villains and Violence · Faith and the City

My daily route to the church takes me past the Grand Army Plaza on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. From my seat on the bus, I have an unobstructed view of the plaza’s central attraction — the freshly gilded statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman. A West Point graduate, Sherman settled in New York City […]

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Violence, Violence

September 27th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

We live in a vicious world. This past week, reporters have sprinted from one bloody scene to the next: The Westgate Mall in Nairobi All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan The Navy Yard in Washington, DC Cornell Square Park in Chicago This deluge of mayhem bows our backs and makes us wonder: “Is the world more violent […]

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