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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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From the Blog

12 Jul 2017

Steering wheel or Spare tire…

While driving, walking or even riding the train or bus one comes across so many quotes, slogans or signs. Sometimes the quotes, slogans or signs are interesting enough to give

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07 Jul 2017

Summer Reading List, Post 2: Sacred Rhythms

Sacred Rhythms By Ruth Haley Barton Review by: Major Lauren Hodgson Teaser:  We all long for more of Jesus.  He has given us all there is of Himself, but are

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07 Jul 2017

SLD Summer Reading List

Hey friends and fellow companions, My kids came home last week with their annual “Summer Reading Lists.” This prompted our family to put together baskets for the kids with some

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29 Jun 2017

Challenge by Choice

I envisioned our recent SLD Department Retreat day as “an adventure waiting to happen.” As with prior departmental retreat days, we tend to bond in nature or in some form

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27 Jun 2017

Superficially or deeply rooted…

Creek, crack, snap and kaboom were the sounds heard while taking in the beauty of the trees, birds of all kind and the serene lake of Rockland Lake State Park.

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08 Jun 2017

Flawless

Several years ago I decided to learn how to quilt. My instructor always emphasized two rules: – Measure twice, cut once – Sew a scant ¼” seam If you don’t

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