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Now Thank We All Our God

“Now thank we all our God.”[1] Let me tell you the story of the Rev. Martin Rinkart who wrote the original German words to this hymn in 1636. I’m basing my telling of this story on a 2011 sermon[2] by … Continue reading

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How to Encourage a Restless Soul

(With three poems by Molly Vigeant) Part I Surely at 3 am i should be asleep but the night is awake alive with shining stars i’m revived   I dry my eyes from the day’s weep and worries of the … Continue reading

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Agape Church = Ally Church

In his review of Bo Lidegaard’s Countrymen, a recent history of how the Danish people helped the Danish Jews survive the Nazi occupation during World War II, Michael Ignatieff writes: “There was no ‘us’ and ‘them;’ there was just us.”[1] … Continue reading

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Getting Better at Love

“Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”[1]—Pete Seeger’s famous question.  Actually, if I have the story right, he got the flower question, and the questions about the girls picking them, and the men going off to war, from a 19th-century Cossack … Continue reading

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Testimony on Reducing Racialized Mass Incarceration

Testimony in Support of Raised Bill No. 6511 “An Act Concerning the Recommendations of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission Regarding the Enhanced Penalty for the Sale or Possession of Drugs Near Schools, Day Care Centers and Public Housing Projects” The Rev. Joshua … Continue reading

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Love Keeps Coming: A Christmas Eve Homily

I found Colin McEnroe’s editorial in the Hartford Courant this weekend very moving. He was reflecting, one week later, on the December 14 tragedy in Newtown. He said, “If there’s an elixir, some potion we can drink, it’s almost certainly … Continue reading

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What Does the World Require of Us?

In the midst of news reports, candle-light vigils, politicians and clergy speaking words of comfort, conversations with loved-ones and with strangers, advice from trauma specialists, lists of what to say to kids in the aftermath of unspeakable violence; in the … Continue reading

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The Time Where Words End: Reflections on Humility

“Come, my way, my truth, my life, such a way as gives us breathe, such a truth as ends all strife, such a life that killeth death.”[1] Words from George Herbert, a seventeenth-century Anglican priest and poet; words that invite, … Continue reading

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Pics from the 11th annual Hartford-area Transgender Day of Remembrance

It was an honor to participate in the 11th annual Hartford-area Transgender Day of Remembrance. I’m working on a blog post for HartfordFAVS and will link to it here once it’s published. For now, here are some of my favorite … Continue reading

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Decolonizing Our Faith

READING An excerpt/adaptation from “Queer(y)ing Religious Education: Teaching R(evolutionary) S(ub)-V(ersions)! or Relax! . . . It’s Just Religious Ed” (by Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajaje, Provost and Professor of Cultural Studies and Islamic Studies at the Starr King School for the Ministry) “Decolonizing” [religion] means … Continue reading

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