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Why is so much Christianity so often so mean?

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We are like pilots of fog-bound steamers, peering into the gloom in front of us, listening for the sounds of other ships, and we can only reach our harbor if we keep alert.

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Prompted by the calendar lady in my life to ponder the fact that Lent is only four months away, recently I came across a presentation I gave eight years ago at St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Victoria.

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CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT OLYMPIC PARK INSTITUTE
CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT 1-5 SEPTEMBER 2003

Monday evening

It’s not really dark in that dark night. It’s not really a void in the cloud. There’s plenty there to see. But you need to use a different set of preceptors to perceive in the cloud.

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Saturday following dinner I left Cowichan Lake to drive back to Victoria for services Sunday morning. So my Saturday evening and Sunday morning notes are from my wife who faithfully scribbled as quickly as she could knowing I would want to report on the sessions I missed.
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In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. (Luke 1:39-41)

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People who are committed to the institutional expression of the religious impulse spend a lot of time sitting around lamenting the rush away from formal religion that is such a marked trend in current western culture. I am beginning to wonder if atheists are experiencing some of the same anxiety. It seems the atheist expression of faith is beginning to lose adherents, or at least be forced to admit that some of the faithful non-believers they claimed as their own were in fact not entirely in the atheist camp.

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