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Dear Tracey,

Thirty-nine years ago last month I stood up in St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Toronto with eleven other young men and women to do what you are doing this morning – or I suppose by now, have already done.

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… yes it is a real word.

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Everything I know about Richard Rohr from personal experience in his presence, reading his writing, listening to many addresses he has given, and from others who know him better than I, tells me he is a genuinely gentle, humble, gracious human being.

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There are many disturbing elements in the story of the “man of the city who had demons” in Luke 8:26-39.

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There is a lot of fear in the story in Luke 8:26-39 of Jesus’ encounter with

a man of the city who had demons.

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In a Nov 3rd-28th 2014 online course now available on demand at: http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/ecourses/course/view/181, Cynthia Bourgeault set out on the tricky task of illuminating the teachings of the obscure and much misunderstood early twentieth century mystic and teacher G.I. Gurdjieff.

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Luke 8:26-39 tells the dramatic story of Jesus’ encounter with

a man of the city who had demons.

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I do not remember when I first heard it, or what its source might be. But the saying has accompanied me for many years:

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Perhaps the proposal at the end of “Why Are People Leaving Church? Pt. 4” seems irresponsible for someone in leadership in the church.

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As I was completing this series of posts, on John Pavlovitz’s understanding of why people are leaving church,  I received an email containing a statement from Lisa Kimball who writes:

I have come to believe that the greatest threat to Christianity in America in the 21st century is not atheism, pluralism, politicization, Nones, Dones, or even sex abuse scandals and hypocrisy, although they are devastating. The greatest existential threat to Christianity is superficiality…

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