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Sensing the Spirit amid the Question of Community

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By Amy Carr

At a recent oblate meeting, one man observed ruefully, “I don’t know who my community is anymore!”

Perhaps he wonders this because it is hard to draw sharp lines around particular communities. At least for me, this observation has become as steady as the soundscape of cicadas in an Illinois summer: that this world is one, across all the places and friendships and family ties in which I have invested. Continue Reading

Holiday Sorts of Prayer

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By Amy Carr

After my parents headed back to Upper Michigan two days after Christmas, I sat down and wrote my two page, double-sided annual holiday letter. To actually get all the letters in the mail takes many days of going back and forth between writing a note in a card to a particular person, then doing some other small activity that the rest of my life demands, too. Continue Reading