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The English word “Advent” comes from the Latin “Advenire” which means “to come.”

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Looking back at old sermons is an interesting exercise in revisiting the past.

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The phrase causes discomfort and awkwardness. It seems somehow not quite appropriate in our current context. It carries the taint of discredited colonialism, the hints of harmful hierarchy and Christianity’s tragic history.

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Ruth,

You will notice in the top corners of this icon two angelic beings. Angels are messengers of the divine. They remind us that the hidden mystery we call “God” does speak.

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Ruth,

There are not many things I believe a priest must do. But there is one practice of priesthood which for me has proved to be non-negotiable.  It is the practice that has enabled me to prosper in priesthood for nearly four decades.

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Dear Ruth,

Nearly a year and a half ago, I wrote you a letter that I posted on this blog. The occasion then was your ordination as a deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada. Today I write to you again, this time as you are ordained a priest.

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I was reminded last Sunday by John Thatamanil’s sermon what a profound challenge it is to read Genesis 1:26-28 in our current context of global climate crisis.

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Enlarging Our Love:
Or How to Become Christians Who Truly Belong to the Earth
by John J. Thatamanil (posted with his permission)

St. Philip Anglican Church November 10, 2019

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