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The Commoditization of Social Relationships

In History by Caris AdelLeave a Comment

“The first transcontinental railroad was built with blood, sweat, politics and thievery, out of the meeting of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads. The Central Pacific started on the West Coast going east; it spent $200,000 in Washington on bribes to get 9 million acres of free land and $24 million in bonds, and paid $79 million, an overpayment …

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Domesticating God

In Church by Caris Adel1 Comment

I thrive on learning.  Memorizing knowledge, thinking and over-thinking is how my brain runs.  So of course, I excelled as an evangelical.  I won gold stars and awards at VBS for memorizing verses.  At the Baptist summer camp I went to, every 40 verses memorized meant you could throw a pie at a counselor’s face.  And I threw a lot …

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Incarnation – It Means Something!

In Parenting by Caris Adel3 Comments

  Conservative Christianity has not taught me to be a healthy person, and it has not taught me how to raise healthy children. The view I was raised with, the advice I keep seeing handed out, the wisdom I listened to for 90 minutes this morning, basically assumes everything needed for life – even for parenting and marriage – is …

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The Beauty In the Betrayal

In Spirituality by Caris Adel1 Comment

“in beauty there echoes a spark of our source” – Sleeping At Last, “Bad Blood” Samuel prepared a table for David, afraid. A table of anointing in the presence of jealousy and danger becomes well-worn poetry. “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.” The bread has been baked, the grapes have been trampled, and the …

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Choosing Ritual and Religion to Find Relationship

In Church by Caris Adel21 Comments

  Why an Episcopal Church, some people have asked me, and the simple answer is ‘because of Madeleine L’Engle’.  But the actual answer involves Lauren Winner, Phyllis Tickle, Sara Miles, and Barbara Brown Taylor, a messy year, random Twitter conversations, and a blog post by a Pentecostal preacher.  How can I describe what reading books and seeing a common trend of ritual is …

Apparantly I’m Entitled, and I Don’t Care

In Church by Caris Adel16 Comments

  I’m becoming a little tired of the responses to that RHE article that just dismiss her points as being caused by being a spoiled, entitled millennial. Because you know what?  We aren’t. Leaving, partially leaving, or considering leaving this culture that we grew up in is painful.  It feels like a slow amputation, and you know that even if …