Day: November 22, 2009

Advent is coming; are you ‘in’?

“Consider this: America spends an average of $450 billion a year every Christmas. How often have you spent money on Christmas presents for no other reason than obligation? How many times have you received a gift out of that same obligation? Thanks, but no thanks, right?”

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Gay Catholics don’t want church’s ‘cure’

Gay and lesbian Roman Catholics who contact the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for spiritual guidance can find themselves directed toward programs aimed at helping them become celibate. Called reparative therapy, the programs are provoking national — and even international — protests from critics who say they are ineffective at best and, in some cases, harmful.

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‘Friends’ and ‘Partners’: the latest from ERD

The November installments of the Power of Partnerships and the Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development web series are now available online. These series feature the work of the organization’s partners and supporters worldwide and clearly illustrate the importance of their efforts in helping Episcopal Relief & Development heal a hurting world.

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The sandhill cranes

They were flying right over the developed city of Atlanta, which is nevertheless still blessed with trees and some open land. No matter how congested the Atlanta traffic becomes, and no matter how frantic our daily human lives are at this time of year, the sandhill cranes are an annual prayer flag for me. God sends them fluttering southward in the wind. They are being led and piloted by a power that has existed long before I was born.

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The reign of Christ

What in fact is Christ’s kingdom? It is simply those who believe in him, those to whom he said, “You are not of this world, even as I am not of this world.” He willed, nevertheless, that they should be in the world, which is why he prayed to the Father, “I ask you not to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one.” So here also he did not say, “My kingdom is not” in this world but “is not of this world.” . . .

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