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The Rev. Dr. Nora Tubbs Tisdale

Glimpsing Heaven in Thin Places

Revelation 7:9-17

All Saints' Day - Year A

November 02, 2008

The Rev. Dr. Nora Tubbs Tisdale (PCUSA)

On the coasts of Scotland and Ireland there are certain sites that the locals call "thin places." Thin places are not so named because the altitude is any higher or the air any thinner there. Rather, they are called "thin" because it is believed that in these places the distance between heaven and earth shrinks, and the veil between the two worlds is so "thin" you can actually perceive something of heaven itself.

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The Rev. Winifred Collin

No Kevorking

Acts 8:26-40

April 27, 1997

The Rev. Winifred Collin (TEC)

Carl Sandburg was once asked what the ugliest word in the English language is. He thought for a long, long time, and then replied: "The ugliest word in the English language is Exclusive."

His comment came to mind this week as I read an article in the New Yorker magazine about exclusivity in cyberspace. The title of the article is: "Cyberspace has a V.I.P. Lounge, Too." It seems that there was a large electronic bulletin board in N.Y.C., a kind of electronic salon. Over 2000 members paid $19.95 a month so they could talk via modem about such topics as politics, art, New York Life, and the like. They called their talks "conferences." The owner of the bulletin board discouraged sexual harassment, racist messages, and other miseries of some on-line services. If members persisted in offensive conversation, she kicked them off, an electronic banning known on this bulletin board as "kevorking."

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