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Weekly reflections, updates, and news about our St. Stephen’s Community.

 

Everybody Needs Company

Everybody Needs Company

This week I got a lovely email from an old friend in the Diocese of Texas with whom I worked on issues of LGBTQ inclusion, along with Muffie Moroney, a long time member of St. Stephen's who died this year. My friend was giving thanks for our friendship and for...

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The Gifts of the Spirit in a Post-COVID World

The Gifts of the Spirit in a Post-COVID World

This Sunday we will gather at one service at 9:30 a.m. outside on the playground to celebrate the feast of Pentecost. As you remember, Pentecost marks the beginning of the Church. The disciples gathered in Jerusalem and received the Holy Spirit so that all who were...

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The Peace that Passes Understanding

The Peace that Passes Understanding

I think it is no accident that when Jesus is saying goodbye to his friends before his death, he offers them the gift of peace. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be...

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Entering into Mystery: the Wonder of the Triduum

Entering into Mystery: the Wonder of the Triduum

There are few times in our lives when we enter so fully into an experience that time seems to stand still; we are transfixed in the moment (or days). Childbirth, falling in love, attending to a dying loved one, recovering from a critical illness are examples of...

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Knowing and Not Saying

Knowing and Not Saying

One of the signs of wisdom is that a person can know or recognize a truth, without having to say it to a person or group who cannot, or will not listen. They simply know it. My middle sister, Helen, exhibits this kind of wisdom when we are together in the kitchen...

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St. Stephen’s Community Cares For Refugees Here at Home

St. Stephen’s Community Cares For Refugees Here at Home

During April, the three Abrahamic faiths will be observing some of their holiest days. Easter, Passover, and Ramadan will be observed in the same two week period. These holidays call people to remember those who are oppressed, enslaved, victims of state violence, and...

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What Relationship Does God Have with Evil?

What Relationship Does God Have with Evil?

One of the most vexing questions that human beings have about God is the relationship of the Divine to evil. If God is all powerful and all loving, why does God allow evil to happen, especially to good people? These questions are known in theology as...

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