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It is 7:00 in the morning. The phone rings at home. A cheery voice on the other end of the line says, “Good morning. How are you this morning?” Warily, I reply, “I am fine thank you”.

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As churches, along with the wider community, begin to emerge from the lockdown imposed by Coronavirus three months ago, a picture of what church will look like post-lockdown is beginning to emerge.

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The final piece of wisdom for living well in the present to prepare better for the future that I discern in Hans Fallada’s Wolf Among Wolves may seem counter-intuitive. But it is profoundly true that we will prepare better for whatever the future brings, when we take seriously in the present the need to:

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The guidance I discern for living well in the present to prepare to live better in the future, in Hans Fallada’s Wolf Among Wolves continues with the wise advice to:

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Writing in the mid 1930’s in Germany, novelist Hans Fallada was forced to tell his stories cautiously.

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The problem with the future is that….

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In the absence of being able to gather physically to celebrate Eucharist we offer these words and this prayer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzwqBuikknc&t=14s

 

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It is a curious long rambling idiosyncratic novel. I am not sure I would have made it through Hans Fallada’s 793 page novel, Wolf Among Wolves, if it hadn’t been for the isolation of the COVID pandemic.

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Forty years ago today, I stood in front of a packed congregation in a large church on Bloor Street in Toronto. I was one of twelve people being ordained deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada.

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Is this the new normal, social interaction with faces hidden?

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