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The Rev. Frederick Buechner

To Be A Saint

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

To be a saint is to be human because we were created to be human. To be a saint is to live with courage and self-restraint, as the alcoholic priest says, but it is more than that. To be a saint is to live not with hands clenched to grasp, to strike, to hold tight to a life that is always slipping away the more tightly we hold it; but it is to live with the hands stretched out both to give and receive with gladness. To be a saint is to work and weep for the broken and suffering of the world, but it is also to be strangely light of heart in the knowledge that there is something greater than the world that mends and renews. Maybe more than anything else, to be a saint is to know joy.

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The Rev. Benjamin Pratt

Frederick Buechner and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Rev. Benjamin Pratt (UMC)

This spring, I’ve been asking readers to talk about stories that have shaped our lives. In an earlier column, I wrote a new prose-poem that I called “The Two of Us,” based on a popular children’s book, Bambi. Then, in a second column, I told the dramatic story of Bambi, written nearly a century ago by a Jewish author in Europe.

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The Rev. Frederick Buechner Article

April 13, 2015

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The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

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Marcia McFee Article

April 09, 2015

Ritual Artists 1/3: Planning Together and Planning Ahead

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this first article in a series of three about ritual artists, we explore the many roles that ritual artists can take on in the act of planning worship series.
The Rev. Frederick Buechner Article

April 06, 2015

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The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On April 12, 2015 we will celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter.
The Rev. Benjamin Pratt Article

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.
The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker Article

April 03, 2015

Looks Can Be Deceiving

The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

The centurion may not have realized the truth, but we can say with faithful certainty, “Truly, this man IS God’s Son.”
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

April 03, 2015

A God out of Control (for Good Friday)

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

God is in control. Is God in control? Good Friday calls us to reexamine what it means to have control, for God to have control.
The Rev. Frederick Buechner Article

April 03, 2015

Good Friday

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

What was completed was at the very least a hope to live by, a mystery to hide our faces before, a shame to haunt us, a dream of holiness to help make bearable our night.
Marcia McFee Article

April 02, 2015

The Threshold Moment: Getting More "Goosebumps Factor"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Transcendental moments in worship are sadly few and far between during much of the liturgical year. This article explores ways to create poignant and meaningful transitions into worship.