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The Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray

Camille Cook Murray: A Message for My Brothers

Luke 16:19-31

4th Sunday after Epiphany - Year A

January 29, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray (PCUSA)


It was my first day as a parent at a Georgetown toddler's playgroup. We had done playtime, snack time, circle time and now it was playground time. I started talking to a mother whose daughter was about the same age as mine. Within a few minutes of talking to her, she started to complain to me about how stressful her life was right now. Stressful not because of work demands, toddler sleep issues, or health concerns. No, stress because she just had too many houses. Eight houses, to be exact!

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The Rev. Dr. Chris Tuttle

"Lord Jesus, Give Us a Sticker!"

Luke 17:5-10

20th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

October 06, 2013

The Rev. Dr. Chris Tuttle (PCUSA)


Earlier this spring I finished a fantastic and depressing book by psychologist Jean Twenge called "Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans are more Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable than Ever Before."  Twenge investigates the assumptions that many of us have about us--it's my generation, too--taking data from personality inventories given across the last 60 years.  Any of us who recruit volunteers or run teams sense things are changing--the way this generation relates--or doesn't relate--to institutions, their lessening sense of commitment, their anxiety and perpetual frantic busyness.  We are harried and confused and feel so out of control.  In her introduction, she writes:

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Canon Caroline Westerhoff (TEC)

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The Rev. Canon David Lovelace (TEC)

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