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Boundary

Quinn G. Caldwell

What is the size of the estate you've inherited, by virtue of your sex, your skin, your gender, your nationality, the kind of body you have?  How far are you allowed to go before somebody with power yells, "Halt!"?


Saving Flesh

Mary Luti

A good friend was in therapy for a debilitating situational depression.


The Works of Your Own Hands

Kenneth L. Samuel

Is there a worse feeling than coming to despise that which was brought about by your own making?


Laughter Rolling off the Golden Throne

Matt Fitzgerald

Laughing in church is a way of saying, "Let's be honest. We don't really know what we're talking about."


Shopping

Donna Schaper

Most of us have closets and garages that are way too full and hearts that are way too empty.


Friends Everywhere

John A. Nelson

A colleague tells about a parishioner who was dying. She was elderly, a devout Episcopalian, a bright and lovely lady, and her body was wearing out.


On Our Side

Richard L. Floyd

The atonement is not something that Jesus does for God, or that God did to Jesus.


A Father-in-Law's Love

Martin B. Copenhaver

There is nothing natural about the love of parents-in-law and, in fact, in-law relationships can be notoriously challenging.  And so, parents-in-law are frequently the butt of jokes.


Of Chores and Choices

John A. Nelson

I don’t care for the story. I have far more affinity for Martha than for Mary. Give me a choice between cleaning the kitchen and a crowded conversation: I’ll do the dishes, every time.


One-Euro or Two

Mary Luti

This isn't a place for thinking. It's a place for witnessing. Here it's better just to watch as fragile folk pour out their hearts to someone they hope will listen.