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  • Gabe was a nine year old long-limbed boy fond of telling stories about his dangerous and brave exploits often accompanied by proud scrapes and bruises. I was privileged to serve as his mentor for two years through Royal Family KIDS. I don’t know all the details of Gabe’s early story. Nor do I know how or where his story will lead or end. What I do know is that there is a little boy, a brave young man, a big brother, and precious soul uniquely wrapped up in a black-haired, brown-eyed, tan-skinned package named Gabe!

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  • I love giving gifts. It’s my love language, for sure (also, food). But sometimes I tune in to this deep-down uncomfy feeling with what we’ve turned the season into, this disconnect between our spirit of giving and the taking we’re often unaware of that pays for it.

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  • Lord in your mercy,

    Hear our prayer.

    God, we are your people and we are not all the same. Some among us cheered while others wept this week. And here we are together as one church. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. Teach us, God, how to love one another.

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  • This is God’s world, God’s church, and for one beautiful week, my tiny little world became so much bigger. I came home wanting to live not-so-separated. I feel like that is part of the opportunity we have in our partnership with Belen, and why I’m so excited about what God has in store for All Souls and our people, and their church and their people, Together.

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  • We were drawn to and inspired by these everyday people that seemed much like us in many ways, desiring to love their city in the midst of busy lives, full time jobs, and raising families. We feel honored to be invited to come alongside them as they creatively love people, seek justice, offer mercy in their city.

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  • But what if instead of beating myself up, in repentance I am gentle with myself? What if I know and receive God’s forgiveness and unending mercy? What if I rest in the reality that I am dearly loved? What if that reality sinks deep into my bones? Maybe tomorrow I will carry even just a little more gentleness than I did today.

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  • In early June, we gathered after the regular worship service for a quick family meeting, or congregational update.  Will and the Elders introduced new staff and the 2016-2017 budget, deacons shared their plans for continuing city ministry projects and global missions, and we learned about upcoming events and opportunities within the Spiritual and Community Formation […]

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  • This is a story I want to have enough bravery to enter into. Not only to join these amazing visionaries we met, but also to join a God who touches lives uniquely and offers true hope and love. It was clear that God is moving in the communities we saw—with or without us. But there was also an invitation to join in, to see the messiness and ups and downs of change, to join in imagining a new story of redemption for communities and individuals.

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  • Timothy Kayera spoke with been-there-done-that confidence. He grew stronger with each word, pulling me closer with the fire of his conviction. And then he summarized everything I believe about charity. In four words. I used to work with one of those organizations that gave stuff away to everyone. We’d give away animals, clothing and clean […]

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  • Because God works through his church scattered throughout the world, our offices, homes, and schools are all sacred places of spiritual transformation—for our neighbors as well as ourselves.

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