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Another Conversation We Need to Have

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Words fail me as I have tried to write a response to the shootings in Squirrel Hill on Saturday. I want to express deep sorrow for the pain that the families of those who were killed and the whole Jewish community are experiencing during these days of mourning. I want to explain that those of us who follow Jesus renounce the anti-Semitic hatred of the shooter. I want to reach out in some sort of solidarity. All of my words, however, are completely inadequate. So, like Job's friends, who were at their wisest when they held their tongues, I've said little and sat in my grief.

Conversations We Need to Have

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Call and Response Conference
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I usually leave a satisfying conference with copious notes and a lengthy to do list. Rarely have I left a conference stunned, challenged, changed. The Call and Response Conference was that kind of conference. The conference planners (including Fr. Esau McCaulley, an Anglican priest) called folks together to explore the past, present and future of the Black Church.

#MarriageMonday: Will all of YOU...
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The Rev. Canon… Mon, 10/15/2018 - 16:18
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In the opening words of the liturgy for Holy Matrimony, the couple presenting themselves to be married, are each asked to declare their commitment to love one another in these reciprocal words, “will you have this woman to be your wife; to live together out of reverence for Christ in the covenant of Holy Matrimony? Will you love her, honor her, comfort and keep her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?” The man answers, “I will.”

#MarriageMonday: Holy Matrimony and the Purpose of Marriage
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wedding ceremony
The Rev. Bill Henry Mon, 10/01/2018 - 16:48
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Written by The Rev. Bill & Dana Henry

God loves marriage.  How do we know this?  Because marriage between a man and a woman was God’s idea and his gift to us, it mirrors the relationship between Christ and the Church, and Jesus gave his first sign, his initial miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee.  Our Anglican service of Holy Matrimony affirms this truth in the opening sentences where we read these familiar and beautiful words.

#MarriageMonday: Preparation for Marriage - Who's involved?
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counseling
The Rev. Alex … Mon, 09/17/2018 - 16:37
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Declaration of Intent
Bishop's Introduction to #MarriageMonday Series: Marriage & The Story of the Gospel
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Couple reading bible
Bishop Jim Hobby Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:55
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Archbishop Beach asked the Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America to highlight marriage in our dioceses this year. As a way of doing that, I’ve asked a group of folks to reflect on what the marriage rite in our new prayer book teaches us about the covenant couples make on their wedding day.

Care, Share, Prayer: How Churches Can Care for their Missionaries
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Missionary video chat
The Rev. Cn. S… Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:48
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I grew up in an isolated village in Guatemala. Back then, our mail was brought to us twice a week by a man walking across the Cuchumutanes Mountain range to get to us. Urgent communication came to our door as a telegram, sent by Morse code to the local post office. Personal notes and letters, rare though they were, were treasures of gold, savored and saved. To get medical help of any kind, we had to leave the village and drive a day to the “city,” presuming the one-lane mountain dirt roads were passable and not covered by a landslide.

Reconciling Racial Divides Through Partnership in Canonsburg
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Canonsburg churches
The Rev. Canon… Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:39
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Picture1.pngLate last summer, I wrote to our vestry at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, “I have just gotten off the phone with the Rev. Anita Lovell senior pastor of our neighbors around the corner at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She has invited us to come over to her church for a joint worship service at 10:45 am on October 29. She will lead worship and I will preach.

A New Church, A New Creation: Reconciliation Anglican Church
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Reconciliation Anglican Church
Trinity Magazi… Mon, 08/27/2018 - 11:44
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By The Leadership of Reconciliation Anglican Church