10 Oct 2017

The Still Axis

Have you ever had a moment while watching the morning news when you just become overwhelmed by all that is going on in the world? Earthquakes, monstrous storms, terrorist actions

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06 Oct 2017

2 Testimonies: A Look Back on the 2017 Holiness Institute

A Reflection by Celeste Pagan Looking back on this weekend’s privilege to attend the Salvation Army’s Holiness Institute for Soldiers, it was a time of spiritual cleansing for me. One

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03 Oct 2017

Beautiful Questions On Silence, Solitude & Community

In a quiet corner of Camp Allegheny, nature’s song accompanied by occasional cars, is joining different sounds from below the hill, arising from our Western Pennsylvania family, enjoying a late

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01 Oct 2017

Reflective Retreats for Officers

As a resource to the officers of the USA Eastern Territory, the Spiritual Life Development Department has been conducting Reflective Retreats for Officers. These retreats are contemplative and reflective in nature with concerted

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26 Sep 2017

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Silence & Solitude

In His book Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer looks at the close and dynamic relationship between the spiritual disciplines of community and being alone, in terms of intentionally seeking out silence

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19 Sep 2017

Two Scary Words

Silence and Solitude: two words that probably scare some people, but not me. At least not in the literal sense, that is. This past summer, I spent a week as

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12 Sep 2017

By Any Means Necessary

The phrase “by any means necessary” finds it origins in a 1948 French play “Dirty Hands” by Jean-Paul Sartre. It entered the popular civil rights culture through a speech given

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08 Sep 2017

Silence and Solitude: An Introduction

We are living in a driven age and society. We are known by what we have accomplished and produced. This mindset has found its way into the church and is

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27 Jul 2017

Summer Reading List Post 5: At Home in the World

At Home in the World  by Tsh Oxenreider Review by: Joanna Polarek The saying “Not all those who wander are lost”[1] comes to mind when I reflect back on this

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20 Jul 2017

Summer Reading List, Post 4: The Seven Story Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain, An Autobiography of Faith By: Thomas Merton Review by: Major Lauren Hodgson “The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God’s mercy

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18 Jul 2017

These Wonders

The scent of plumeria blossoms perfumes the air as I walk down the path. Camo-colored leaves overhang the path, giving it an almost tunnel-like feel. I step onto the sand

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13 Jul 2017

Summer Reading List, Post 3: Sunday, Sabbath & the Weekend

Sunday, Sabbath & the Weekend: Managing Time in a Global Culture Edited by Edward O’Flaherty and Rodney L. Peterson with Timothy A. Norton Review by: Lt. Colonel Pat LaBossiere Sabbath.

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