Up at Chapel Rock, the Bishop gathers the deacons and priests of the diocese for a time of reunion, recreation, and learning. The annual clergy conference is always a little bit like a call to better work and a family reunion.  Although we work just down the street from each other, it is the best…

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There are these little moments in our lives when we are simply overwhelmed by awe.  For me it was kneeling in an alleyway in Mexico during a medical mission where I was spiritual support. (Meaning I played soccer with the local kids while they waited for medical care.) Looking for shade, I had gone around…

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Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.”…

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Every year I take a certain pride in reminding everyone who will listen that the Christian new year begins on the first Sunday of Advent. But in truth, I sit down at the beginning of the secular year and rewrite my personal rule of life. I go over the past year and rearrange my priorities…

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