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The Voices at the Table

by Mary Noble Garcia About two years ago I was invited to be a part of a women’s writing group.  My first response was, “Me?  I am not a writer.”  In my prayer I felt a nudge to listen to a very quiet voice that said, “What a great opportunity!”  I was reminded of author…

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Building Resiliency and Nurturing the Spirit of Caregivers – blog

by Susanna Bertelsen Easter Season 2018 welcomes Spring upon the Minnesota landscape with new life and fresh possibilities for renewal.  These colorful daises in full bloom remind me of the energy that Easter promises and the fire of Pentecost’s Spirit.  Today, I reflect back to Easter Season 2002 when my life’s path took a significant…

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I Can Hardly Wait to Grow Old! -blog

by Tom Allen On April 14, 2010, at the age of 57, my wife and I were told that she had young onset Alzheimer’s. We totally restructured our lives. Selling our home and moving into independent senior living Entering Julie into an adult day care program Leaving my employment to reduce stress and be more…

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Cane . . . and Still Able

by Kay Vander Vort Each of my four children are now in their 50-’s.  I chuckle (inwardly) when I see them squinting at photos on their I-Phones and scrambling for their “cheater” glasses.  I remember well how I delayed giving in to eye glasses convinced it was one more sign of aging. My new sign…

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Second Half of Life Institutions

by Barbara Leonard The book by Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality in the Two Halves of Life inspires a lot of discussion.  Father Rohr suggests that most of our western institutions are first half enterprises and this   includes the church, writ large.  First half institutions tend to be concerned with their own organization, exclusive…

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IN FLIGHT: An Ignatian Encounter with Jesus

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child to destroy him.” Matthew 2:13 I try to imagine what it is like to be an undocumented, employed immigrant, living and working in the…

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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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