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Living Compassionately

Recently I heard someone say that what is needed in the world today is more compassion. This person even went so far as to say that people have forgotten how to be compassionate. What is it about compassion that is so difficult? In her book Boundless Compassion, Joyce Rupp says that “Living compassionately is rarely…

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Healing Trauma from Abuse in Faith Communities

Powerful feelings and reactions emerge when faith communities realize that a faith leader has harmed someone. Fortunately, most faith communities have leaders who care deeply for their followers and provide safe places of worship. However, when any kind of abuse has occurred, immediate action must take place in order to bring about recovery and healing…

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On the Outside Looking In: What is the Church Anyway?

Many people can probably remember a time when they felt rejected in some way. Even as children, you may recall being selected last on a team for a game at recess. Or maybe you weren’t allowed to be part of the “popular” group in school. Unfortunately, rejection can also be part of our lives as…

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Seeds of Hope

I am hobbling a bit these days since I broke my little toe about a week ago.  I accidentally walked into a piece of furniture—which did not move! It is the first broken bone of my life and I am learning about aggravation, embarrassment and patience—all in greater supply than before. A little toe changing…

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Aging: Evidence of Mercy

I’ve been thinking about getting older. It’s a decade-marker for me, and my mother is now marching into her 90s. The American culture creates a picture of vibrant youth with joyous beach parties, smooth skin and beautiful clothes. Generally, pictures of older adults are featured in medication ads on TV who need everything from cancer…

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Rolling the Stones Away

In this Easter season, we carry on the Good News of life, love, and peace for the world. “But,” you say, “It’s an ugly world. I don’t see life or love or peace. How can there be Good News when reality says otherwise? Doesn’t feel like Easter to me.” How true.  How very, very true.…

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Beginning to Stand Up

by Rev. Dorothy Nickel Friesen   We begin the season of Lent this week. For forty days, Christians all over the world will prepare themselves for the passion of Jesus, his death and resurrection.  Some will fast; some will give up desserts; some will pray more; some will be sucked into consumer-driven sales and other…

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