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Lenten Reflection

by Karen Treat Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.  Psalm 23: 4 As I write this I am coming up on Ash Wednesday. I made a very bold move and asked if I could preach this…

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Invitation to Love and Compassion

by Mary Noble Garcia We had just entered those months in Minnesota when there is hope for spring. Long before my alarm sounded, I awoke to an unusual noise coming through the windows, which had been shut tight against the cold.  I quickly got out of bed, put on a jacket, made my way to…

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Pondering How Morning Light Breaks through the Darkness – “from Conflict to Communion”

by Susanna Bertelsen On October 31, 2016, Pope Francis and Bishop Dr. Munib Yunan, president of the Lutheran World Federation, signed the joint declaration at the Cathedral in Lund, Sweden for continued work toward unity between the churches. Watching this during a special viewing event at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN were Archbishop Hebda…

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Connecting Young People to the Sacred

by Carolyn Kolovitz Every mom reaches a point similar to the mom in Little Red Riding Hood. Sooner or later, we must send our child alone into the forest of adolescence. We can be present with them in spirit – loving them, modeling our values, warning them not to talk to wolves - but ultimately…

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Life Lessons from Death

by Nancy Loyd Some may say I have a strange passion, for I am passionate about what our mortality can teach us about living.  I am fortunate to not only be a spiritual director with Loyola but also to work in hospice care. I believe that it is a blessed gift to work each day…

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You are not alone, you didn’t cause it, and there is HOPE for RECOVERY!

By Susanna Bertelsen Decades ago, in the 1980’s, busy with our three school aged children in our Minnetonka home, I received a frantic call from my mother in Ohio, who announced over the phone, “Your brother has Schizophrenia. And they put him on Stelazine.”  Taking a deep gulp of air, I replied back to her,…

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Holiday Invitations

by JoAnn Campbell-Rice Recently, several planned events disappeared from my calendar and I found myself with unscheduled time, a luxury in my life. Yet I didn’t run to my desk to write, revise, or draft new ideas, which is what I say I want do with every spare moment.  My resistance to writing baffles me,…

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Where Are Your Feet This Advent?

By Liz Kerwin Recently on a retreat I was struck by a presenter saying, “Where are your feet?” It came to me that it might be a good mantra for this Advent especially as it is only three weeks, the shortest possible, this year.  Perhaps during this very full time of preparation and celebration the…

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An Irish Wake

By Mary Noble Garcia In the spirit of this month when we express gratitude and remember our loved ones, both those who have gone before us and those who are still with us, I share this story. The best gifts are often those that are unexpected. This one arrived in its infancy, unannounced on my…

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Where were you, God?

By Karen Treat I love the story of Elijah in I Kings 18-19.  Elijah is the prophet who takes down all the false prophets in the area and then flees for his life because Queen Jezebel wanted him dead.  Those were her prophets.  How dare he kill them?  The disheartened Elijah runs away to find…

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