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

 

Caught Between an Angel and a Cloud

Caught Between an Angel and a Cloud

So much of our thinking now is saturated with binaries—people are ‘good guys’ or ‘bad guys;’ we are socially conscious or benighted; I am right and you are wrong. This categorical way of thinking is as old as the Manicheans, a religious movement that thrived between...

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Christian Life Equips Us to be Companions in Pilgrimage

Christian Life Equips Us to be Companions in Pilgrimage

One of the blessings of being church is that we get to walk with each other throughout the course of our whole lives--from birth to death. There is strength to be found in knowing and being known, especially in times of joy and sorrow. Each of us is tied together in...

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The Calling of Matthias and Other Means of Discernment

The Calling of Matthias and Other Means of Discernment

How have you made momentous decisions in your life? Lists weighing pros and cons? SWOT analyses? Opening up the Bible and picking a passage randomly? Decisions about whether to have a child, questions of moving, responding to health situation requiring a choice of...

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Hotter Than Hell

Hotter Than Hell

When I was a young girl growing up in an evangelical Christian tradition I was terrified of hell. It was not preached about incessantly in my home congregation, but when it was, the images I had were horrific--a lake of fire, people burning in never ending torment cut...

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Conversation about Public Schools

Conversation about Public Schools

Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.Proverbs 22:6 Educating children is one of the most important tasks adults have in this world. What we teach, who teaches, what is important, why learning is valuable and to what...

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An Update on People and Place

An Update on People and Place

“Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.” Jorge Luis Borges. It has been a while since I have updated you on our building progress because there has not been much to report. The Vestry and Board of Trustees of St. Stephen’s School have authorized the Project...

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Wrestling with The Bear

Wrestling with The Bear

One of the stops in my vacation this past June was Chicago. I went with my husband to the national convention of the American Library Association. While it is true that there were many older women there wearing sensible shoes (I among them!), there were also...

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The Spiritual Practice of Pride

The Spiritual Practice of Pride

When I was traveling recently, people asked me how we celebrate Pride here in Houston. The only answer I could come up with was… “Big!” I notice during this season that the spirit of freedom and joy extend so much farther than a single day or weekend, that it...

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Juneteenth, Holy Land, and Shared Sacred Joy

Juneteenth, Holy Land, and Shared Sacred Joy

Next Monday, June 19th is celebrated as Juneteenth. The holiday marks the day that news of the Emancipation Proclamation was read in Galveston, TX (two years after it was penned). Sometimes people think of it as a “black” holiday, but even the oppressors get a little...

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