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21 Apr 2016

Wired for Service

I had the privilege of watching my grandchildren the other day. While emptying the dishwasher one of my 19-month old granddaughters started taking the silverware out. One by one, she

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18 Apr 2016

FIRST: Journeying

When did this happen? How did I miss the signs? I don’t know; but it doesn’t really matter as it is happening and the signs are now clear. I don’t

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14 Apr 2016

In the Midst

I stepped off the hot bus and quickly surveyed my surroundings in order to orient myself. Which way to go? I quickly saw the cemetery. It was not the well-organized,

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11 Apr 2016

FIRST: Praying the Bible

This may seem like an oxymoron, but when it comes to praying the Bible, I must point out two “firsts.” My first encounter with praying the Bible was while I

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05 Apr 2016

My Journey – Joanna Polarek

  The air is crisp, windy, and the sky threatens to open. I go anyway. “God, open my ears, eyes and heart to you.” I begin to walk…and see a

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04 Apr 2016

FIRST: Solitude

Spending time alone with God at first seemed like a foreign concept to me. In my youth I had always held the idea that we sort of ‘visited’ God in

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From the Blog

01 Oct 2015

BORED

While catching up on Facebook I read two different posts, which stated, “I’m bored!” Really? Bored? To be blatantly honest with you, how can anyone be bored? Life is exciting.

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24 Sep 2015

TREES

Straight. Tall. Beautiful. The sight is familiar to travelers, whether the journey is via car, bus, or train. Through Maine, Pennsylvania, and Switzerland, the birch, oak, maple, and pine trees

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17 Sep 2015

FEET

Amazing. At least it is amazing to me. It started with a long walk on the beach with shifting sand. It led to torn ligaments, change in gait, and added

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10 Sep 2015

Quieting the Noise

The greatest impact on my spiritual growth has been my exposure to and practice of spiritual disciplines. I was privileged to sit under the teachings of author and speaker Ruth

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08 Sep 2015

A Journey Begins

Our first Cultivate – Young Adult cohort begins a 9-month journey that will challenge and strengthen the “inner life.” Through the book, “The Holy Longing” by Ronald Rolheiser, we will

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02 Sep 2015

PROTECTION

I was melting. Seriously, I was melting. The drops of fluid on my skin, the mascara smearing around my eyes, the dampness of the clothing on my body, and the

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