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May 28, 2018

I love this exchange from Alice in Wonderland. The caterpillar and Alice look at each other a long time in silence. Finally, the caterpillar asks: “Who are YOU?”

Alice replies rather shyly: “I—I hardly know, sir, just at present—at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”

There are times when change happens so quickly...

May 11, 2018

For at least 25 years Holy Trinity has been giving careful attention to how language reflects our radical welcome. For example, in preaching, liturgical language, and an emended version of the lectionary scripture readings, we omit male pronouns for God, hoping that our children will grow up without associating God with maleness. In addition, we try to occasionally use texts that present...

May 9, 2018

A grandfather tells the story of taking his two-year granddaughter out for ice cream. As they were beginning to cross a busy street the grandfather offered the girl his thumb. “You have to hold it tight until we’re inside the ice cream shop, okay” he told her. “This is a busy street.” The girl took one look at the outstretched hand, wrapped her left fist around her right thumb, and said,...

May 9, 2018

What is joy? The first word of a Christmas carol? A woman’s name? The formula J.O.Y.—Jesus, others, you? Something deeper than happiness?

Abiding in divine love is the source of deep joy, Jesus says. And my deep joy is what will make your joy complete, he adds. When everything else is fleeting and disposable, is this a joy that will truly last? And how is this even possible in our competit...

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