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Crowd-sourced Wisdom

by the Rev. Katherine Bush

 

Yesterday I was talking with a fellow Calvary-ite, and he pulled out his phone mid-conversation to share two quotations from Tom Shadyac’s Lenten sermon of last week. A lot of things are worth pointing out about this moment. One, his phone was a tool of focus and not distraction (but that’s

God Loves a Cheerful Receiver

by the Rev. Paul McLain

 

Throughout my life, I have heard the adage, ‘God loves a cheerful giver,’ particularly during church stewardship drives. But I have never heard anyone say, ‘God loves a cheerful receiver.’ I wonder why that is. I think we all want to be givers or feel we’re in a position to give. There is joy in

Monument Re:Generation Grant from Monument Lab

This blog isn’t usually where you’ll find breaking news, but today it is. Last week, Monument Lab in Philadelphia announced the second cohort of teams in its Re:Generation initiative to “create new or to expand existing public art, public history, or public humanities projects.”

Fasten Your Seat Belts!

by the Rev. Mimsy Jones

 

Buckle up, friends, because Calvary’s 101st Lenten Preaching Series is about to take off, and the lineup is bursting with brilliant, compassionate preachers.

 

The depth and breadth of the list is remarkable. Where else but in Calvary’s LPS would you find a Rabbi (Micah Greenstein), an Imam (Anwar Arafat), a Unitarian Pastor (Sam Teitel), a Presbyterian

The End of Christmas

by the Rev. Katherine Bush

 

In the middle of Luke’s telling of the Nativity story, the angels say to the shepherds, “This will be a sign for you; you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” It’s a rare event in the Bible when God’s messengers make things so abundantly clear.

Remembering Rosalynn

by the Reverend Paul McLain

 

One of the tributes to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who died last month, described how she became a champion for persons impacted by mental health. During her husband Jimmy’s campaign for governor of Georgia, she frequently heard from voters distressed about the conditions of family members living at a crowded psychiatric center in Milledgeville,

The December Mailbox

by the Rev. Katherine Bush

 

I love the mailbox. I loved the mailbox in my childhood home: a box with a door on both sides built into the thick wall next to the front door. The mail carrier slid everything in from the outside, and we opened it from the inside – turning a little latch to a

Thankful for Helen and Eutha

by the Rev. Paul McLain

 

‘I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.’ – Ephesians 1:16

 

During these days when our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving, Ruthie and I are especially thankful for two people who were very formative in our journey. They were our Sunday School teachers when we were children, Helen Wall

Shalom

by the Rev. Mimsy Jones

 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you,” Jesus said to the disciples at their last meal together. For most of us, peace has come to mean the absence of major wars, but in Hebrew, the word for peace is Shalom, meaning Fullness, Harmony, Wholeness.

 

The volatile situation in the Middle East continues

Catching Grace

by the Rev. Katherine Bush

 

One of my all-time favorite authors is Annie Dillard, and I am loving spending a few weeks this November discussing some of her essays in Teaching a Stone to Talk. One of the earliest offerings that I gleaned from reading her books was this relatively straightforward quotation, “We catch