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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

01 May 2017

Mystics Get a Bad Rap*

There was a time in my life when my spiritual journey was stuck. My prayers seemed to be hitting the ceiling. Nonetheless, I dutifully went through the spiritual rhythms expected

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24 Apr 2017

Sabbath Reading List

We’ve put together the following list of quotes and further reading resources for your continued study and experience with Sabbath-keeping. We hope you’d consider reading at least one of the following books

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17 Apr 2017

Sabbath: A Singular Focus

The seventy-year duration of the Babylonian captivity was not a random number; it had significant meaning. The book of 2 Chronicles explains that the Exile fulfilled “the word of the Lord…until the

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10 Apr 2017

The Gift of the Sabbath

Isaiah 58 is a foundation statement to modern Christians as we move into a brave new era. The NRSV titles the section “False and True Worship”. The Lord tells the people

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04 Apr 2017

Sabbath in Scripture

While the word for Sabbath (Hebrew: Shabbath, שַׁבָּת) doesn’t appear in Scripture until Exodus 16, Sabbath as a day of holy rest was given to us in creation as a

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27 Mar 2017

Book Review – Sabbath As Resistance by Walter Brueggemann

God brings the Israelites out of Egypt and His first course of action is to introduce the people to the rhythm of Sabbath. This rhythm shows up in the Fourth

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