The Rev. Jessie Dodson: In the Bleak Midwinter

“In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow.” This has long been one of my favorite Christmas hymns in our tradition. The text, written by Christina Rossetti, was first published as poem...

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New Year, New Beginnings

The ancient Romans had among their pantheon a god of doorways. His name was Janus. He had two faces, one looking backward and one facing forward, symbolizing that he was the god of endings and new beginnings. His name, of course, gives us the month of January and also “janitors,”...

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The Church Has Been ‘Called for a Time Such as This’

Few of us would disagree with the assessment that this year’s presidential campaign is one of the most acrimonious we have ever experienced.  We are all accustomed to candidates promising sure-fire solutions to complicated problems based on assumptions on which reasonable people can disagree.   We have even become resigned to...

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Finding a Sacred Sense of God’s Peace

by Marge LoPresti, Pastoral Care Associate I have always been drawn to silence. As a child I was raised Roman Catholic and attended Saint Paul’s elementary school in Euclid. I remember frequently skipping out of recess and slipping into the empty church to visit with God.

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