Coffee Hour: The Musical Edition

Sunday, September 20th, Emmanuel’s Pied Piper, Ryan Fitch, Emmanuel’s Music Director, hosted Zoom Coffee Hour. The topic was favorite hymns, songs and music: secular and sacred. And so much fun! Ryan, a gifted teacher, choral director and organist makes everything fun! The Zoom screen was more than Brady Bunch full, as people shared their favorites…

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Forgiveness

Jack Kornfield is a bestselling author.  He is also, as I understand it, a Buddhist monk.  Jack has taught mindfulness techniques and meditation around the world.  Lots of people are familiar with his work.  I have long admired and at times borrowed some of his stories.  Today is one of those days. On the train from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia,…

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“With Malice Toward None”

Let me tell you the story of V Street versus 13th Street. It is my family’s story wrapped up in the story of my family’s hometown. My beloved hometown is just a stone’s throw across the Potomac. I am fond of telling people on my tours at the Library of Congress, that D.C. is not a…

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Make new friends and…

Back in the sixties, I was a very lousy Girl Scout. In fact, I virtually flunked at being a Girl Scout. My uniform did not pass muster. I hated camping. I barely earned a badge. But I do remember the song – the campfire song: Make new friends and keep the old… I remember a…

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Zooming Positivity & Blooming Random Acts of Kindness!

NOTE: Apologies! The editor published this post prior to final corrections being made. Please, discard the previous and read this one! A couple years ago, I was delighted to be invited to help lead an Employee Resource Group called ForWARD (For Women’s Advancement, Recognition and Development) at my company General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT).  You can imagine that…

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Jesus Feeds His People

You’ve heard me say many times – over the years – that context is everything.  We hear into today’s Gospel reading that Jesus fed 5000 men, not counting women and children, so Jesus really fed somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-15,000 people.  This kind of image is easily tattooed on our brains.  It’s a huge event.  No wonder Matthew…

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Ryan Plays “The Gift of Love”

“Though I may speak with bravest fire, And have the gift to all inspire, And have not love, my words are vain, As sounding brass, and hopeless gain.”   I can remember how my college organ professor started my very first lesson.  “With great power, comes great responsibility.”  Just like Uncle Ben in Spiderman.  I can recall going with…

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Come to Me

Hi everyone.  Happy 4th of July weekend.  I hope you’re able to celebrate some of the usual holiday aspects of this special day, including maybe having some fireworks, hotdogs, hamburgers and watermelon of your own.  Please tell me s’mores are involved!   As we celebrate this national holiday, I know we’re all reminded that “freedom isn’t free” so a…

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Honoring George Floyd

I would not consider myself the smartest man in the room.  I know lots of folks who really are the smartest people in the room.  I have a lot of respect for those “brainiacs.”  I would, however, consider myself a reasonable man.  A good man.  A kind man.  A compassionate man.  An Irish-American man who…

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Who Is God Again?

But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” – Exodus 3:14 Who is God? It…

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