September 1, 2014

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The Faithful Church Print E-mail

(Guest-written by the Rev. Anne Vouga (MDiv '08). Anne is rector at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Louisville.)

Sometimes it seems as if all that we clergy want to write and talk about is how to get hold of those precious "nones," the growing number of people who might still believe in God, yet do not consider themselves members of any religious institution. I have joined in the hand-wringing like everyone else, but a distinct sense of déjà-vu usually calls me up short.

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The Lower Room Guest-written by Abbie Trowbridge Print E-mail

There is a place on campus where I have found God every time I've looked. I'll admit, I'm a little reticent to reveal the secret, but then again not everyone can get in so it's probably safe if I share it with you. Of all the places I thought I might find God at Seminary, the chart room was not one of them. Caldwell Chapel? Sure. In a lecture or a practicum placement? Yup. In a moment of friendly fellowship over chicken quarters with capers and wine sauce? Certainly. I did not expect God to frequent a rather nondescript, cramped and musty room in the basement of Nelson Hall.

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Church News 7-9-13 Print E-mail

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Church News 6-25-13 Print E-mail

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"Unwinding": the Power and Limitations of Story Print E-mail

In his remarkable new book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), George Packer sets out to describe "the vertigo of that unwinding" which has affected virtually every aspect of American life since the 1960s. "You watched structures that had been in place before your birth collapse like pillars of salt across the vast visible landscape - the farms of the Carolina Piedmont, the factories of the Mahoning Valley, Florida subdivisions, California schools. And other things, harder to see but no less vital in supporting the order of everyday life, changed beyond recognition - ways and means in Washington caucus rooms, taboos on New York trading desks, manners and morals everywhere." Packer, looking back over the past couple of generations, writes in the book's prologue, "The norms that made the old institutions useful began to unwind, and the leaders abandoned their posts."

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Church News 6-18-13 Print E-mail
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Southside Founder's Day Celebration Print E-mail

Southside Church of Christ, 20 Southside Church Road, Falmouth, will be holding a Founder's Day Celebration on Sunday, June 23.

Sunday school will be held at 9 a.m. followed by Worship Service at 10 a.m.

There will be special music, great preaching and a potluck meal.

You can call the church at 859-654-8827 for more information.

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Short Creek Baptist VBS Print E-mail

"Grab your tickets and head on over to Colossal Coaster World!  Come join us as we experience the thrill and excitement of a day at the park!  As we explore the park, kids will enter Worship Rally at the Main Gate and stop at Coaster Alley for Bible study.  While touring the park, kids will also visit the Cotton Candy Café for snacks, the Adrenaline Zone for recreation, Tune Town for music, and the Scissors and Stuff Emporium for crafts.  It’s Vacation Bible School at Short Creek Baptist Church like you’ve never experienced before!  Children age 3 through high school are admitted June 24-28. Call 859-750-2061 for information."

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Practicing the Presence of God Print E-mail

"Surely the Lord is present in this place, and I did not know it!" The words are from Jacob, the ancient patriarch. Barbara Brown Taylor quotes them in her most recent book, An Altar in the World (New York: HarperOne, 2009). Barbara, who gave the commencement address to our 2013 graduating class, goes on to say: "People encounter God under shady oak trees, on riverbanks, at the tops of mountains, and in long stretches of barren wilderness. God shows up in whirlwinds, starry skies, burning bushes, and perfect strangers" (12-13).

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