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Out of the Depths

Out of the Depths

The darkest season of my life descended a number of years ago while my late husband and I were traveling in Ireland. A trip that might have been a celebration of our twenty-fifth anniversary was instead an attempt to repair the frayed fabric of our marriage…

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Dance With Me

Dance With Me

Shame says, “I am irredeemably bad.” It masquerades as godly guilt. But rather than convicting of sin so that one can confess, repent, and receive forgiveness, shame wallows and festers and destroys. For most of my life, I was infected with devastating shame…

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Light Into Darkness

Light Into Darkness

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. During Advent we look forward to the Word of God, incarnate, coming into the world—to the True Light coming into the darkness. Like John the Baptist, we “bear witness to the light, that all might believe” through us. So...

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The Beginnings of Good Things

The Beginnings of Good Things

Sunday the 18th was Commitment Sunday in our Forming and Sending Campaign. The pledges we received during the services are being counted as I write. And the evening’s Celebration Event was full of joy and brimming with excitement. There are many who have taken roles in the campaign…

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This Ground is Holy

This Ground is Holy

Years before CTR was launched, I felt God was calling me in a new direction. I had been attending a non-liturgical church for some time before moving to Christ Church Hamilton, and within the first few months Fr. Liias began talking about planting a new church. I knew...

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Reflections on Rocky Places

Reflections on Rocky Places

It was March 2016 when my large family timidly entered the sanctuary at CTR for the first time. We were a family on the rocks. One of our children had been suffering ongoing acute effects of early trauma in the foster care system. I had believed that I was responsible...

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Halloween, All Saints, and All Souls

Halloween, All Saints, and All Souls

Though I did not grow up celebrating All Saints Day, I am becoming increasingly convinced that knowing about and celebrating the lives of the saints is an important part of our Christian formation. It is part of how the Gospel captures our imagination.

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Forming Children at CTR

Forming Children at CTR

Three little inquisitive sets of eyes stare up at the well-loved brass crucifix I am holding. The other five sets of eyes are engaged in various activities around the room such as block building, puzzles, trying on fuzzy socks, and various forms of chewing. “Who is...

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Confessions of Your Senior Warden

Confessions of Your Senior Warden

We were out in God’s creation on a spectacularly beautiful day, hiking Cadillac Mountain in Maine. The weather was cool and crisp. We could see all the boats below in Bar Harbor. It was the kind of day that made me never want to live anyplace else besides New England....

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Big Week Ahead!

Big Week Ahead!

Dear Christ the Redeemer family, This is an exciting autumn for us, and I would like to share a little about what is happening, particularly this upcoming week. This Sunday Bishop Bill will be visiting us for the last time before his retirement. We will rejoice as...

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