Interfaith Encounters Day 5

On a rainy Wednesday, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Repair the World, Wepac, and W. C. Longstreth School. WePAC’s mission is to promote childhood literacy by engaging volunteers in Philadelphia public schools through re-opening and staffing libraries and academic mentoring. In their vision, every Philadelphia student will be empowered with […]

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It’s a Human Evolution Part II

Mark 9:30; 33-37 To recap: Human evolution is a growth process that children, youth, and adults experience. Though there are plenty of narratives out there that try to convince us adults that we hit an evolutionary wall at some point and therefore do not change or have the ability for a paradigm shift—I argue that […]

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Self-Giving, Love-Bearing

Mark 10:17-31 When I was a kid [well, I still am a kid, but just an older one], like most kids, I understood reward and punishment pretty well. Do well in school–get rewarded with good grades and a pat on the back from teachers and parents. Goof off and cause trouble—end up in detention and […]

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It’s All About Relationship

Mark 10:2-16 Take a moment to think about the important relationships in your life. Now, think about the boundaries and rules you set in those relationships. Do those rules and boundaries enhance your relationships or hinder them? Obviously, society as a whole sets rules and laws. Such rules are supposed to keep people safe and […]

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All in it Together

Mark 9:38-50 POPE-A-LOOZA Last Friday and Saturday, I had the opportunity to spend time with friends in Philadelphia while Pope Francis visited for the World Meeting of Families. I am fortunate to have a few friends in Center City who live in an apartment building right near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Art Museum […]

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It’s Good to be a Kid!

Mark 9:30-37 Fear. It is a feeling that all of us have. Fear is programmed into us. That’s okay, though, because fear is actually meant to protect us. We are born with a sense of fear so we can react to things or situations that could be dangerous or harmful to our emotional or physical […]

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Our Own Two Hands: the Better

Luke 10:38-42     Salamanca, Spain is an amazingly beautiful city that impacts you the moment you arrive. It’s incredibly old and historic, but also quite modern and it is a city truly never sleeps. The people of Salamanca have a different rhythm to their lives which I find quite refreshing. They take time to sit and […]

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