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Strong

I rocked back in my chair as Becky brought the prayer to life in her voice. I actually heard my own prayer as if for the first time. We had gathered on a gorgeous Connecticut afternoon at Round Hill UCC … Continue reading

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Baby trouble

Four days after the solstice, you are more likely to catch COVID than Jesus. If you do catch Jesus on Christmas, it will probably be asymptomatic. The theological antibodies will be gone by Easter, which is the main point anyway. … Continue reading

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Good Hatch Trouble

Tuesday marks the sixth year a highly interdisciplinary group has gathered to honor and reflect on the ever-new intellectual witness of Dr. John Hatch. John Hatch Lecture Series, Register HERE! My role is frame the occasion, which is supposed to … Continue reading

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Amicus Prayer

Public health and faith are on the side. When they grow distant, demagogues delight and virus clap their little hands. Good people die. This week a man who gave his life to others every day as an EMS driver lost … Continue reading

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Mundane miracle

It was such a mundane miracle that nobody thought to take a picture: a handful of straw by a 2” cottonwood sapling at the bottom of a dry arroyo. Hope in shades of brown. The straw had not randomly blown … Continue reading

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Praying for trouble

Last weekend I stood on stones laid by the First People two thousand years ago on a bluff in what is now called Montana. Larry and Anki McEvoy are the current human owners of these five square miles. They have … Continue reading

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Daughters to Sisters

Any father with daughters spends a lot of time in prayer. I thought about this yesterday on Kathryn’s birthday, which found me at September Morn Lake high in the Beartooth Wilderness. In the 21st century once the child has managed … Continue reading

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Prayers for those in silence

The vast majority of my writing is hopeful, almost annoyingly so. In these COVID months I have found myself more tuned to the varieties of lament that are so appropriate. So many lost and delayed journeys, so much interrupted and … Continue reading

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Praying for a new new

I can’t imagine you’ve noticed amid the various pandemics and meltdowns but I have not been on social media very much. I have been typing and to the surprise of some of my friends, typing prayers—enough to form a decent … Continue reading

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Pause

As we look to DC this weekend, it would be good to breathe in and out a few times. And in doing so, pull a bit of the anxiety out of the civic breath. It’s a good time to appreciate … Continue reading

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