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Spiritual Practice@Home: Today, I Am Alive

Dandelion by Yutaka Seki, flickr CC

This is an invitation to stop and look, for just one minute. Stop. And Look. And contemplate this: today, you are alive. Today, I am alive. In this moment, what is happening? Do you notice the people around you? Do you recognize the great good fortune it is to simply be here now? I tried …

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Spiritual Practice @Home: The Welcoming Prayer

Daniel D'Auria

The Welcoming Prayer Welcome, welcome, welcome. I welcome everything that comes to me today because I know it’s for my healing. I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons, situations, and conditions. I let go of my desire for power and control. I let go of my desire for affection, esteem, approval and pleasure. I let …

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A Dynamic Faith

Baptismal Song

About ten years ago I got an email about Grace Commons (then called Wicker Park Grace) that said this: Before our discussions I naively thought that Christianity was a one dimensional theology with minor shifts in beliefs across denominations; and I definitely thought that it did not coincide with my own world view. However, after …

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Church for the 21st Century

Shawna's art notes-remix

I just returned from a 3-day leadership consultation with the national offices of the Presbyterian Church (USA). My good friend and colleague, Rev. Shawna Bowman was there too. She wrote/drew the amazing notes above, while we were talking about new things that are happening or that we wish were happening in the churches. The gathering …

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God is Here, Now

Grace Commons at St. James

A Prayer Among Friends by John Daniel Among other wonders of our lives, we are alive with one another, we walk here in the light of this unlikely world that isn’t ours for long. May we spend generously the time we are given. May we enact our responsibilities as thoroughly as we enjoy our pleasures. …

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