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The Rev. David Hodges

David Hodges: To Move, To Touch, To Heal

Mark 1:29-39

5th Sunday after Epiphany - Year B

February 04, 2018

The Rev. David Hodges (TEC)

 

Providing healing and hope to children and families. This is something that I think and speak a lot about in the work I do through the ministry of Saint Francis Community Services. Healing and hope are the cornerstones of the mission of Saint Francis and one of the ways we offer healing and hope is through work that takes place in our psychiatric residential treatment facility. This facility focuses on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of children who have experienced severe trauma. Children who are admitted to the facility bring with them everything that is adversely impacting their lives. The demons that some of them have known, and continue to know, are very real.

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The Rev. Dr. Charles Qualls

Charles Qualls: What Is This?

Mark 1:21-28

4th Sunday after Epiphany - Year B

January 28, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Charles Qualls (CBF)

 

What do you believe are some of the turning points of history? Was it the season of conquest by the Church states? The industrial revolution? Hitler's romp toward power and a Holocaust that threatened to extinguish a people? Some would point to the emergence of an information-based economy. Surely a World War might have been a turning point. All these are but a few of the moments we can look to and suggest that the world has not been the same since. In fact, the responses would vary as much as the people we might ask this question.

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The Rev. Elaine Dreeben (PCUSA)

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The Rev. David Powers (PCUSA)

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The Rev. Emily Heath (UCC)

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The Rev. Charles Fischer, III (TEC)

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