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Persistent Patience

October 13th, 2016 by Kathryn Carroll

A couple of years ago, I read some articles about the consequences of the lack of failure and grit in students’ character. The authors suggest that students who face adversity and persevere through it tend to be more likely to continue to succeed in school and beyond. And now, some schools include “character training” in their curriculum. Today I read a bitterly cynical… Read More

Subversive Gratitude

October 5th, 2016 by Kathryn Carroll

Not much would have to be changed in this week’s lectionary themes to make them entirely relevant to our world and culture today. Imagine that. Jeremiah lived 700± years before Jesus! And even though leprosy isn’t part of our daily vocabulary, prejudice is. Luke’s gospel about Jesus and the 10 marginalized lepers and the one grateful… Read More

… in remembrance of me

September 29th, 2016 by Kathryn Carroll

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. In our 9:00 a.m. Family Worship and at 11:00 a.m., our story of the Good Shepherd demonstrates World Communion. The Good Shepherd leads his flock to their “table” in the good green grass. When we gather around the table of the Good Shepherd, sometimes we use different names or figures to remind us who… Read More

Remembering Tomorrow

September 21st, 2016 by Kathryn Carroll

“Oh God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come…” If you were reared in a mainline Protestant church, you are probably familiar with this hymn. The lyrics are based on Psalm 90 and were written in the 18th Century. The melody is a bit lugubrious in my opinion, and I  had never… Read More

Runaway Home.

August 31st, 2016 by Kathryn Carroll

80+ years after first being published, the children’s books of Margaret Wise Brown continue to top a lot of nursery shelves and libraries. Already, four or more generations of parents and children share memories of searching for the mouse in the pages of Goodnight Moon. And before I became a parent I remember reading The Runaway Bunny to a class of preschoolers… Read More


August 17th, 2016 by Kathryn Carroll

Now that we have passed the mid-point in August, I wonder if those of you with school children are beginning to feel the dynamic pull toward something new. I remember the last sweet days before my son’s first day of pre-school. We made a point of taking spontaneous family day trips and little NY adventures:… Read More