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  • The Possibility of Redemption

    “Is your congregation handicap accessible?” “Yes, it is,” I replied. “Great. I'll see if my wife will bring me on Sunday.” There he was the very next Sunday. Over the next few months, I learned a lot about John. A Vietnam veteran who returned home to serve as a police...
    By Robin Tanner | 12/26/2017
  • Messy, Wildly Imperfect Love

    If I were going to write a book about my life as a minister, there would definitely be a part about last Christmas Eve, when I lost my sermon. My sermon was about big things coming undone, like our country, and the theory that when everything is falling apart around us,...
    By Elea Kemler | 12/20/2017
  • Wired for Connection

    It’s a familiar scene each holiday: no matter how meticulously the strings of lights were put away, they always seem to come out a tangled mess. What happens to them all through the year as they wait in their boxes? And so the tradition of untangling the lights begins. We...
    By Erin Powers | 12/13/2017
  • Tender Places

    Many years ago, I spent a week visiting a musician friend of mine in Brooklyn. Alex and I had started a recording project together before he and his family moved away from San Francisco, so I took vacation time and flew cross-country to wrap things up. While his wife went to her...
    By Lindasusan Ulrich | 12/6/2017

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