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My first visit to Disney World was as a teenager with my family. We drove all the way from Eau Claire. Ted and I have taken our kids twice. It is visually astonishing, imaginary perfection. No detail too small to stamp with the Disney-verse brand—usually iconic mouse...
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God-with-us sparking God within us

As the snow came down this morning, I felt a familiar frisson of excitement—the kind that starts to bubble up as Christmas catalogs begin to arrive in the mail. Baking lists take shape in my mind. I think about the tree that will sparkle in the dining room window and...
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All Saints’ Sunday Reminds Us of God’s Gifts

Siblings in Christ, We open each November with All Saints’ Sunday worship, when we recall our beloved dead: especially those we have lost in the past year. We say their names. We light candles. We hear bells echoing through the sanctuary. This year we will be...
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Generosity as a coping mechanism?

Many of you are familiar with the spiritual practice of gratitude. Some of you make a habit of keeping a gratitude journal or beginning your daily prayers with thanks. It is in the true spirit of Christ to give thanks everyday with a grateful heart. Even in...
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To Open, or Not to Reopen?

To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them.   ~Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1 Friends and siblings in Christ, As we...
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Christ Victorious

Christ Victorious. Friends and fellow journeyers. Sitting with a friend (safely distanced!) at Carver Lake Park in Woodbury on a hot, sunny afternoon, we began to reflect on worship: when does a church reopen, what has the online experience been like, what about the...