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The Rev. Benjamin Pratt Dr. Pratt is a retired United Methodist pastor and pastoral counselor. He was the founding pastor of a congregation that remains, after 48 years, one of the most racially integrated of the Virginia Annual Conference. Then, for thirty years he was a pastoral counselor on Capitol Hill and in the City of Fairfax.

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The Rev. Benjamin Pratt

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Dr. Pratt is a retired United Methodist pastor and pastoral counselor.  He was the founding pastor of a congregation that remains, after 48 years, one of the most racially integrated of the Virginia Annual Conference.  Then, for thirty years he was a pastoral counselor on Capitol Hill and in the City of Fairfax. 

For six of the nine years of his retirement, Benjamin has been a caregiver for his wife Judith.  Among the many positives of that relationship, Benjamin has written a book of spiritual practices and disciplines in A GUIDE FOR CAREGIVERS, Keeping Your Spirit Healthy When Your Caregiver Duties and Responsibilities Are Dragging you Down. This is his second book published by ReadTheSpirit.com in three years. His first book is a moral inventory and Bible study with James Bond, Ian Fleming's Seven Deadlier Sins & oo7's Moral Compass.

Benjamin and Judith reside in Fairfax, Virginia. Benjamin says, "Personally, I am a Christian, an avid reader, a bicyclist, a suburban gardener, and a fine woodworker. My drinks: shaken not stirred.  I have good friends, and we nurture each other well.  I am a dedicated family man who takes great delight in his children and grandchildren.  Judith and I are in our forty-ninth year of marriage."

 


Latest Content by The Rev. Benjamin Pratt

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt

Benjamin Pratt: Enough! Remembering that Greed Is a Deadly Sin

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

 

Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.

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Other Recent Content by The Rev. Benjamin Pratt

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January 28, 2017

Benjamin Pratt: The Workbench

ReadTheSpirit.com

At this remarkable milestone in world history—500 years from the start of the Reformation and 200 years from Thoreau’s birth—we invited popular author and columnist Benjamin Pratt to reflect on the challenges of his own life’s work as a pastor, counselor, writer, father, grandfather and talented woodworker.
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January 17, 2017

Benjamin Pratt: Martin Luther 2017: 500 Years of Reformation

ReadTheSpirit.com

To kick off this historic year, we invite author and columnist Benjamin Pratt to stir our reflections on the Reformation by describing his own recent visit to Luther’s home...
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November 08, 2016

Benjamin Pratt: World Series spiritual recap: Did you watch the faces?

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Did you watch the faces? One minute somber; the next radiating joy and excitement. Hands cupped, spired upward over mouth and nose, eyes fixed in reverent gaze, lips mouthing hope. Faith is reflected in eyes and faces that light up with joy—and then contrast with a somber, disgruntled doubtful stare.
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September 01, 2016

Benjamin Pratt: Review: Adam Henig’s ‘Under One Roof’ will inspire you, too

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Integration came slowly to America’s favorite sport, even though it went well among players on the field. Ben Pratt reviews Adam Henig’s ‘Under One Roof’.
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August 07, 2016

Benjamin Pratt shares: The Holy Fool, A Parable

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

'An Anxious America.' That was the front-page headline the New York Times, reporting on the relentless stream of violent tragedies this summer. Readers who are older may recall the agonizing summers of the late 1960s. Even as we mourn and worry, millions of us turn to the deep resources of faith. Author and pastoral counselor Benjamin Pratt offers a parable about a timeless religious image.
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June 19, 2016

Benjamin Pratt: Honoring My Father… Just as He Was

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

I am exactly the same age my father was when he died in 1985. There is something quite poignant and sobering about facing this life marker. I suspect it is reason enough to explain my recent pondering of life with my father—the sweet and bitter, the tough and tender, the proud and shameful.
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May 10, 2016

Benjamin Pratt: Generation to Generation--Pitching Baseballs and Values

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

“PLAY BALL!” The clarion call proclaims spring in sand lots, city streets, country roads, mega-stadiums and, of course, back yards.
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February 16, 2016

Benjamin Pratt: Why do we gather together?

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Why do we gather together? One basic reason: We need to be fed. And while that is a spiritual metaphor for millions of us, Ben Pratt reminds us at the start of Lent that our quest for sustenance this year should move us to remember the countless families for whom that is a literal need.
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September 05, 2015

Benjamin Pratt: Depth of a Salesman

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Benjamin Pratt is a veteran counselor, scholar, teacher and author, but first and foremost he is a storyteller who recognizes the power of story to convey deeper truths about the values that matter most to us.
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July 22, 2015

Ben Pratt: Marriage Stories for a New Day

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Dr. Benjamin Pratt is a retired pastoral counselor and author of the new book Short Stuff from a Tall Guy. He writes often about the complex values surrounding marriage—and now, as he shares several of his own stories, he is inviting our readers to share as well.
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May 22, 2015

Have You Established a Memorial? A Sacred Place in your Heart?

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Ben Pratt remembers the losses we have experiences this Memorial Day.
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May 11, 2015

Do you see the world bathed in purple?

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

This spring, Ben Pratt walks out into the purple to find hope and joy, to rejuvenate his soul after a long, grey winter.
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May 04, 2015

Do you speak Motherese? Could we learn Parentese?

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Author Ben Pratt writes about the sacred (new) language between parent and newborn.
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April 15, 2015

Frederick Buechner and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Ben Pratt shares a story of Buechner and Oz
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April 06, 2015

What stories make a difference? 'Bambi, a Life in the Forest'

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Ben Pratt reveals the piece of literature that inspired his recent prose poem, then issues a new challenge.
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March 23, 2015

What stories make a difference?'The Two of Us'

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Ben Pratt shares a prose poem he wrote recently and encourages readers to take a stab at what classic novel it is based on. If you get it right, you might win a signed copy of his latest book "Short Stuff From a Tall Guy."
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February 16, 2015

Establish the Work of Our Hands

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Benjamin Pratt shares a beautiful, touching poem about seeing his father in his own two hands. Be sure to look out for Ben's new book, Short Stuff from a Tall Guy, coming out Feb. 23, 2015!
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February 02, 2015

Touch Has a Memory

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Author Ben Pratt shares three short passages that make us think about the many ways "touch has a memory."
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January 05, 2015

Wake up! ‘How far the unknown transcends’

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Author Benjamin Pratt is back with a simple story of surgery, happiness and...an angel?
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December 16, 2014

I Will Light a Candle For You

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Ben Pratt shares a new story about a special kind of gift.
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December 01, 2014

A Mother's Plea

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Ben Pratt returns with an honest tale of a mother's plea.
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September 08, 2014

What Do Strong, Balanced Relationships Look Like?

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Author Benjamin Pratt reflects on a recent interview with Naomi Schaefer Riley published at Read the Spirit magazine, then shares a photograph and poem, which he encourages readers to pass along.
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June 30, 2014

Lou Gehrig: The Stricken Hero was 'The Luckiest Man...'

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Author Benjamin Pratt writes about Lou Gehrig, the luckiest man alive.
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June 23, 2014

Why Caregiving is Fuel for 'Church Growth'

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Author Benjamin Pratt is joined by Read the Spirit Editor David Crumm and contributor Martin Davis to explain how an active caregiving program is fuel for 'church growth'.
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June 17, 2014

Changing the Tune at the 'Organ Recital'

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Author Benjamin Pratt writes about how to change the tune when an 'organ recital' becomes to melancholy.
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June 09, 2014

The Cry of the Disabled Caregiver: "I'm Not A Good Patient!"

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Author Benjamin Pratt writes about his difficulties adjusting from caregiver to patient in this week's column.
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May 19, 2014

Celebrating the Courage of Simeon Booker

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Ben Pratt writes about the work of peacemaker Simeon Booker.
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May 12, 2014

Your Body Wont Lie. Your Mind Will.

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Dr. Ben Pratt writes about the importance of listening to your body and its necessity to rest.
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March 24, 2014

Did I Say Anything About Anger?

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Benjamin Pratt shares one caregiver's story and explores the idea and importance of forgiveness.
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March 10, 2014

Simple Gratitude for Simple Gifts

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Dr. Benjamin Pratt shares a free-verse poem, capturing the happiness we find in helping others.
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February 24, 2014

Clearing Boulders: In Our Culture, Forgiveness is a Surprising Ending

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Rev. Benjamin Pratt shares a (literally) moving story
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February 10, 2014

'Nebraska'...Where Wishes (Could) Come True

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Dr. Benjamin Pratt writes about the movie 'Nebraska', and reflects on the many lessons parents and caregivers can take from this movie.
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January 27, 2014

Holocaust Remembrance: A pilgrimage to Dachau

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Rev. Benjamin Pratt writes a poem about his visit to the Nazi Concentration camp Dachau, entitled 'What Color is Dachau?'
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January 13, 2014

Foot Washing: As a wedding ritual?

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

After a long career in ministry, I was astounded when I first heard the idea. A friend said, I attended a wedding recently and for the first time witnessed a mutual foot washing by the bride and groom. Have you ever seen that?

 

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November 11, 2013

A Death Observed

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

When my father died, I gave myself the straight-forward advice that I had shared with others who had lost someone close throughout my long career in pastoral counseling: 'Every emotion, idea and action in your life over the next six months pivots on your father's dying. Don't make any major decisions, plans or changes for the next year. Pay careful and cautious attention. Be tender and gentle with yourself.' It was not long until I forgot my own advice.

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October 14, 2013

Humbly holding kernels of Gratitude & Awe

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Benjamin Pratt.
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October 07, 2013

Interactive Humor: The Broom, Part 2

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

In an earlier column, we challenged readers to-well, to laugh! Out loud. Tell jokes. Seriously, as a pastoral counselor, I have recommended laughter many times.

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September 16, 2013

Interactive Humor: The Broom

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Popular author and columnist Benjamin Pratt wants you to have some fun! His recent column about 50 years of marriage has been read by countless men and women around the world. Once again, Benjamin took your wisdom back to his keyboard-and now he invites you to share a new column far and wide. And, this time, there's a prize! 

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September 03, 2013

Love Is What You Go Through With Someone

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Fifty-four years ago, I met Judith. As a very shy teenager who had dated very little, I remember our first encounter. An electric jolt went through my body and stunned me to silence. I translated the jolt as a confirmation that I had met the girl of my dreams.

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July 15, 2013

Calling for help in a panic?

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Caregiving expert the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Pratt writes about the tempting feeling when people regard us as super heroes ... and how life often intervenes.
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July 02, 2013

Open Outcry: How sharing ideas inspires people nationwide

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

How an idea from a column last year turned into an inspiring sermon by the Rev. Henry Brinton and is moving virally across the Internet. You can help share these ideas.
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June 11, 2013

A Quiet Heart

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

In the exceptional busyness of life, an amazing interruption pushed me toward a quieter heart.
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May 25, 2013

Hello. Goodbye.

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Sharing compassion in each hello and goodbye. 
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April 15, 2013

No Suggestions Please; Just Read

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Standing with faithful presence along side our beloved who is in pain.
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April 02, 2013

Post Easter, Jesus Waits...with breakfast

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

A breakfast cooked over charcoal by Jesus in Cuba
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March 25, 2013

Intimate Lenten Journey 7: Sacred Doors into Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Prayer Images for the three most significant days of our Christian Year.
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March 18, 2013

Intimate Departures: 'Look into it.' And 'Wonder'

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Sixth Lenten Meditation is about walking a little farther with our loved ones on the road to eternity.
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March 11, 2013

In Death...Is Life

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Even the natural world reveals that something dies for us to live.
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March 06, 2013

Open Outcry by Jesus and Amos on Sequestration

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

A paraphrase of the angry outcry of Jesus and Amos for our sequestration deadlocked times.
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March 05, 2013

Intimate Legacy

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

You can sense it in the wood--imperfection and grace.
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February 25, 2013

Surprised and Blessed

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

This is the third weekly Lenten meditation. The focus is the surprise and blessing of presence.
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February 21, 2013

Rituals and Practices

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Rituals and practices provide rhythm, familiarity and balance in our chaotic and ritual-starved lives.
The Rev. Benjamin Pratt Article

February 14, 2013

A LOVE STORY

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Deep calls unto deep in the love between grandfather and grandson.
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January 16, 2013

Peacemakers' Prayer: Angel in the Dump

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

God confronts us in the most unexpected places--even the City Dump.
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January 10, 2013

Facing Our Biggest Fear: Come Rewrite the Calendar with Me!

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

An invitation to rewrite our calendar to sustain a healthy spirit and prevail while conducting our duties and responsibilities as caregivers.
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January 02, 2013

Prayer for Light in Dark Times of Accidie

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

A prayer to restore spiritual energy to our depleted souls.
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December 09, 2012

Welcoming Spirits of A Christmas Carol: And the Grace that Flows around Them

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Finding Grace with Ghosts of Dickens' Christmas Carol
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October 18, 2012

Adam, God's Beloved

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

A review of Henri Nouwen's last book, recently republished in paperback by Oris.
The Rev. Benjamin Pratt Article

October 07, 2012

Open Outcry

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

A call to Compassion by hearing the Open Outcry of the poor.
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August 16, 2012

James Bond: Shake up your Church's Bible Studies

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

James a bondservant (James 1:1) and Ian Fleming's Seven Deadlier Sins
The Rev. Benjamin Pratt Article

July 16, 2012

The Brass Communion Rail

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

A prayer for pastoral presence in unexpected places.
The Rev. Benjamin Pratt Article

June 26, 2012

Bread and Hunger Games

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Posing moral questions for our searching souls.
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May 31, 2012

Letters of Faith

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

The value of personal letters for ourselves and our tradition.
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May 10, 2012

Baseball and Grace

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

On our yearning to be special and equal, and what Jesus might say about it.

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt Article

April 17, 2012

AIGLATSON

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

Day1.org's newest Key Voice blogger, author and minister Dr. Benjamin Pratt, offers an inspiring post on being pulled into God's future.