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    what love looks like

    by  • September 29, 2014 • communion, community, durham, grace, love • 6 Comments

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    I wish you could have been with me this weekend. It was end-of-summer-trying-to-be-fall weather in our little City of Encouragement, and it was the thirtieth North Carolina Pride Festival, which Durham has hosted for all three decades. One of the roles our church plays in the festivities is to host the Ecumenical Communion Service...

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    don’t lean back

    by  • September 15, 2014 • america, community • 4 Comments

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    I am old enough to remember when it was fun to fly, which, of course, makes me old. The experience of getting in and out of an airport, much less the time spent on board the airplane have not been very enjoyable for a long, long time. The “legacy carriers,” as they are often called,...

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    confession

    by  • August 25, 2014 • america, community, poetry • 4 Comments

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    There is no them. Only us: across the table, behind the wall, sharing coffee, passing the green beans, throwing stones, breaking curfew; armed to the teeth biting back with rubber bullets, cheering for little leaguers, praying for peace, marching in the night, hiding behind official jargon; joining in song, crying out for explanations, flying...

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    what I learned at the sculpture show

    by  • June 19, 2014 • community, durham, hope • 4 Comments

    “Love seeks to close all distance.” — John Berger —  And Our Faces, My Heart, As Brief As Photos Life has a certain centrifugal force. In both large and small ways we are thrown to the edges, away from one another. The companion force is one that draws us to one another, that compels...

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