The Complicated Faith of Hannah

There is a small detail hidden in this week’s readings that can make a huge difference to the way we understand the text. Elkanah the Zuphite from Ephraim had two wives, Peninnah (whose name is probably derived from the Hebrew word for pearl) and Hannah, חַנָּה, whose name means favored or blessed. The story makes…

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Saints Simon and Jude

Today is the feast day of Saints Simon and Jude, two of Jesus’s disciples that we know relatively little about. They are included in every list of the disciples (although Jude is sometimes identified as Thaddeus), but we do not know any details about their life after Pentecost. According to early Christian tradition, they set…

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#OperationAfghanWelcome

Over the last several weeks, we have mentioned that our partners at Episcopal Migration Ministries, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, and the International Rescue Committee are all seeking urgent help to support Afghan refugees who are already beginning to arrive in Arizona. Over the next several months, families will be arriving in Arizona with…

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