Archive for March 2011

40 years

Posted 30 March 2011 by
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A barricade on the Rue Soufflot (with the Panthéon behind)

There is an show about the Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969 scheduled for showing in April 2011. Would I have stood up for my rights if I had been living in Greenwich Village in 1969? My guess is that it would depend on what my options were and what I understood to be at stake. Still, it is easier to man the barricades when you are running out of other options.

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How to get young people in church

Posted 12 March 2011 by
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How to get young people to come to church

There are many statements made as aphorisms about the subject of getting young people or young adults to come to church. Most have to do with the need to do things that show the church is “with it.” There is someone with experience as a college chaplain that has a list which includes none of the standard items.

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A half-baked absolution for a half-baked confession

Posted 10 March 2011 by
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Blessed are the Pure in Heart

The way the 1928 Book of Common Prayer words things still abides with me. Most of the time, the wording provides a memorable, clever, and poetic way to say things. One time, though, the 1928 Book of Common Prayer wording is simply half-baked. And, it was carried into the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.

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Ash Wednesday in the streets

Posted 10 March 2011 by
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Taking it to the streets

What happens when two people wearing black cassocks walk towards you? One person had a smoking thurible (incense burner). The other person had a baby food jar with black ashes in it.

I think I can answer this question from experience.

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Lent and Advent have the best music

Posted 9 March 2011 by
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Flowering trees in Spring

Life is more than happiness. Music needs to be more than happiness to be real and meaningful to life. Here are some Lenten suggestions for you that go beyond “happy, happy, joy, joy.”

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