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Richard Rohr: If holy affirming is first of all life, then the holy denying is almost inevitable, otherwise we would idolize the holy affirming. It keeps everything flowing. We can’t have it forever. Everything passes away. This everything that passes away is also reborn in God.

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In his comments on my blog Paul T. goes on to challenge my conviction that in the church we seek to enable all people to find their way to a heart that is open to the divine Presence.

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6. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment

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  1. Frequent overwhelming, almost dizzying, episodes of appreciation.

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3. Feelings of being closely connected with others and nature.

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2. Frequent attacks of joy, unexplained smiling and random bursts of laughter.

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Ian Brown and I are the same age. Read the rest of this entry »

According to a Pew Research Center study released this week, in the past seven years, the United States has experienced “a general pivot away from traditional religious identification.”

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Check out Rob Crosby-Shearer’s post today at:

Yesterday we baptized three infants in the community I serve.

Twenty-plus years ago, the mothers of these three children were all baptized as babies in the same place.  Grandma has been a faithful member of our church community for all the years between her daughters’ and her grand-children’s baptisms.

In the twenty or so intervening years, much has changed in the world and in the church.


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