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Posts from retired blogs, including Bishop Mark Beckwith's blog "Signs of God's Grace," Canon Greg Jacobs' blog "Out of the Ordinary," and blogs by General Convention deputies in 2012 and 2015.

The Listening Reflection event on June 3, 2017. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
Posted by Mark Beckwith on June 21, 2017

“The Church can be a model for listening in these times.”

The fraud of an executive order on religious expression
Posted by Mark Beckwith on May 17, 2017

“I take Gospel positions; not partisan positions.” That is the litany I hear over and over again from diocesan clergy who, though goaded by the ang

Detail: "The Emmaus Disciples" by Abraham Bloemaert, 1622.
Posted by Mark Beckwith on May 3, 2017

Fight or flight. Those have long been the first visceral responses whenever human beings feel threatened.

Listening in silence
Posted by Mark Beckwith on April 19, 2017

The alleluias rang out on Easter Sunday, celebrating the Resurrection.

Detail: "Entry into Jerusalem" by Pedro de Orrente
Posted by Mark Beckwith on April 5, 2017

I often wondered why Jesus left the comfort of Galilee to go down south to the chaos of Jerusalem.

Hands clasped in prayer
Posted by Greg Jacobs on April 4, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

Image: "Christ in the Wilderness" by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Posted by Mark Beckwith on March 15, 2017

On Saturday, March 4, representatives from 43 congregations in the diocese spent a half day learning how to participate in a three month "Listening

Merica Gellerman of Messiah, Chester and Hugh Wallace of All Saints', Millington practice listening through Dwelling in the Word. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
Posted by Mark Beckwith on February 14, 2017

I have been thinking a lot about the dynamics of listening, partly because we did a lot of listening at our Diocesan Convention.

STEVEN BOSTON PHOTO
Posted by Mark Beckwith on February 1, 2017

As is the case with most Diocesan Conventions, there was a lot of sitting.

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