Spiritual Growth

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April 30, 2006

A common pastime proved a pathway for spiritual growth early this year when more than 30 knitters from six states gathered at Kanuga Conference Center in the mountains of western North Carolina for a weekend where “knit one, purl two” quickly blended into prayer, worship and sharing.

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January 31, 2006

I felt the pressure building as I griped at my son for breaking his lunch box. A few days before, my husband, Greg, had been laid off for the third time, and every time something broke or wore out, I felt my tightly bound panic cut loose. I needed to quiet myself before I heaped more shaming,...

November 1, 2005

Mary Howe has learned to break down barriers by picking up paintbrushes. “[Art] is just a wonderful opportunity to begin conversations with people that you wouldn’t normally have,” she said. “It gives you an opportunity to talk with people on another level and get beyond the barriers that exist...

October 31, 2005

For the Rev. Anne Wolf, creativity is a very spiritual attribute. Being artistic is part of her incarnation. “Aesthetic stuff just gets my strings humming,” she says.

True, she sometimes feels a bit guilty about spending time playing with photographs and bits of colored paper to create...

June 30, 2005

For almost 20 years, I have had a spiritual love affair with a rock.

It is no ordinary rock. Millions of years ago it had its genesis as lava, deep in the earth, after the great dinosaurs had disappeared and the first mammals began to dominate the landscape. Through a volcanic opening,...

April 1, 2005

“You write easily,” a professor said somewhat dismissively to a close friend of mine. The student replied, “No, sir, it reads easily because I work hard at writing.”

Writing is hard work. We tend to avoid it. When I sit down to complete a writing assignment, I’m easily distracted. I see...

November 1, 2004

Each time she accompanies her bishop-husband Gordon Scruton on his parish visitations, Rebecca Scruton sits in a pew with her knitting.

“People will ask me what I am doing, and I tell them I am praying,” she explained during a reception for There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy, an exhibit...

October 31, 2004

When participants in a Christian education conference wanted their children included in the daily Eucharist, Chaplain Robyn Szoke sat with some of the youngsters to discern their role. Led by the children’s stories, the conversation turned to healing and, soon, to planning a healing service....

May 31, 2004

THE SNOWS OF winter are gone and the long rains of spring, and we have come to the time when lightning cracks the sky from horizon to horizon.

I love storms, love snow carried on a blast of cold, love sliding into sleep under warm blankets while the wind snuffles and howls like some...

April 30, 2004

IT CAN BE such a shock to discover that the church is full of sinners. Which of us has not sat and listened to the story of hurt and disappointment told by a refugee from the parish down the road, someone who has suffered slight or insult from a fellow parishioner or from the clergy? And which...

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