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The Gap between Lightning and Thunder

There's a gap. A gap between the possibility of holiness and the convoluted facts on the ground. There’s a distance between my daydreams, in which all things seem possible, and the possibilities that spill onto the blacktop and seep into the cracks.

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Baroque Christmas in Spokane’s Oldest Church

On Dec. 9 and 10 of this holiday season, A Festive Baroque Christmas will follow in this centuries-old tradition with the Spokane Symphony playing pieces by Vivaldi, Handel, Schmelzer, and Corelli. On Dec. 9, Westminster UCC, the oldest church of Spokane, will hold the first concert at 7 p.m; on Dec 10, The Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene will host the second concert at 3 p.m.

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When Scapegoats Come to Dinner

O’Tuama woke me up to a dimension of my community’s shock and anger: those we kept in chains—literally in the form of their ancestor’s slavery and in the present racist prison system, or figuratively in the various legacies of slavery (ie. voting rights)—are looking us in the eyes, clothed, dignified, and simply by existing in this way, asking to be heard. I see that the rage felt by so many fans is not unlike the Gerasene neighborhood council telling Jesus to take a hike.

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Viewpoints: Thanksgiving Traditions

This week's question comes on the heals of Thanksgiving: What pieces of advice would you pass on to the next generation as they establish their own Thanksgiving (holiday) traditions?

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The complications of prayer

Too often, we use prayer as a substitute for action on actionable things. Sometimes, we can’t fix a problem. Not everyone can help cure cancer. But usually there’s at least one physical thing we can do to help someone.

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“Prayer is my communion”

You might be deemed foolish by friends or acquaintances if you say you “pray.”  But what do they know of how I “pray,” how you “pray?”  There are too many stereotypes and distortions about praying and they may not be what I mean at all when I say I “pray.”

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