Dispatch from the Edge (Blog)

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03/17/17 “Dispatch from the Edge: March 17, 2017”
by Anita Sorenson
March 17.2017 | 2ndweek of Lent   “Generous listening is powered by curiosity, a virtue we can invite and nurture in ourselves to render it instinctive. It involves a kind of vulnerability - a willingness to be surprised, to let go of assumptions and take in ambiguity. The listener ...

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03/10/17 “Dispatch from the Edge:” March 10, 2017 |  1st week of Lent
by Anita Sorenson
March 10, 2017 | 1st week of Lent   One of the things I appreciate about Lent is how it gives us the freedom to say "no." And what a beautiful, marvelous word that is. Anne Lamott nailed it when she reminded us that "no is a complete sentence." Some of us have ...

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03/03/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: March 3, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
March 3, 2017 | LentMarch 3, 2017 | Lent “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not ...

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02/24/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”:  February 24, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
February 24, 2017    7th week after Epiphany “Lent is not intended to be an annual ordeal during which we begrudgingly forgo a handful of pleasures. It is meant to be the church’s springtime, a time when, out of the darkness of sin’s winter, a ...

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02/18/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: February 17, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
February 17, 2017    6th week after Epiphany Jesus is our salvation, the radiance of the God we cannot see, the unquenchable fire of love, the one for whom the angels sing. The Holy One of God, the true and ever, the eternal High Priest, the Lord of the Ages, the ...

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02/10/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: February 10, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
February 10, 2017   5th week after Ephiphany  Walking Lent: Being A Neighboring Church The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood. John 1:14 The Message "But who is my neighbor?" the legal expert asked Jesus, prompting the story of the Good Samaritan. We are asking the same at ...

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02/03/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: February 3, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
February 3, 2017    4th week after Epiphany   Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth...   This is a scandalous, difficult prayer, isn't it? To affirm that God rules over the world, even when we encounter much in the world that is at odds with God, with justice, with what is right and true and good. Of course, this is no unique or modern dilemma. When we look to the prayers and the Scriptures emerging from our Israelite forefathers and foremothers, we find a people who faced evils unfamiliar to most of us (Babylonian captivity, genocide, political annihilation, the boot of the Roman Empire, long seasons of extreme economic and agricultural insecurity) and yet who still announced, through their prophets and their Psalms, a relentless reliance on the ultimate rule of God. This was their hope, their faith, their appeal. And of course, it was the same for the early church; the martyrs do not tell us a story of evil avoided but of their hope in the One who is greater than evil. 

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01/27/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: January 27, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
January 27, 2017 3rd week after Epiphany A part of my work week is spent sitting in a chair, turned toward another, prayerfully listening to this person convey what he or she believes are the most significant movements in his or her relationship with God. It’s quiet work; reflective work. Almost always, at some point in this hour or so of being together, I will feel gratefulness at the gift of participating in such a holy exchange. I find this gentle work of listening and helping another attune to God so gratifying and enlivening.

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01/20/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: January 20, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
January 20, 2017  2nd week after Epiphany A Future Not Our Own It helps now and then to step back and take a long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction of the magnificent enterprise that ...

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01/13/17 “Dispatch from the Edge”: January 13, 2017
by Anita Sorenson
January 13, 2017    1st week after Epiphany   R. S. Thomas, “The Coming”   And God held in his hand A small globe. Look, he said. The son looked. Far off, As through water, he saw A scorched land of fierce Colour. The light burned There; crusted buildings Cast their shadows; a bright Serpent, a river Uncoiled itself, radiant With slime.   On a bare Hill a bare tree saddened The sky. Many people Held out their thin arms To it, as though waiting For a vanished April To return to its crossed Boughs. The son watched Them. Let me go there, he said.

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