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Posted by Brian Gregory on

Just over a year ago, my wife, Kelly, and I visited Primm Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in South Seattle. Primm is less than a mile from our house. Our visit four days after the horrific shooting at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, was not accidental. I longed to do...

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Skagit Valley Mission Trip 2016 - Day 4

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Posted by Brian Gregory on

Today was our last full day in the Skagit Valley. The only thing we’ll be doing tomorrow is packing up our campsite and loading up cars to go home. I can’t imagine a better last day…nor could I have predicted how much such a short an “immersion” into the lives of...

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Skagit Valley Mission Trip 2016 - Day 3

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Posted by Brian Gregory on

Think of your “normal” day. When you wake up in the morning, do you have a good idea of what you will be doing? Do you have a schedule you try to keep? Is your life at least somewhat predictable? The community we come from has, at least, the illusion of predictability. Whether it is...

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Skagit Valley Mission Trip 2016 - Day 2

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Posted by Brian Gregory on

The berry season in the Skagit Valley starts in late May or early June and runs through late October. The first crop is strawberries which are the hardest to pick. Picking strawberries means straddling a row of plants, bent at the waist, and picking as you walk along hunched over. The...

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A Lesson in Giving

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Posted by St. Thomas Staff on

Although I work at Congregations for the Homeless, I don’t have much contact with our clients. I’m the I.T. Guy, so I mostly work with the office staff and case managers. I stop by the various computer labs, but it’s easier to do my work when nobody’s using the...

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Encounter

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Posted by St. Thomas Staff on

On a hot afternoon, while walking to the Bellevue Library, I heard a soft “Hello.” A woman sat in the shadows on a cement bench under the 12th Street overpass. My step hesitated, our eyes met, and I responded, “Hello." She wore a black coat with a gaping rip in the sleeve. Her...

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Stop and Smell the Roses

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Posted by The Rev. Kathryn Ballinger on

In April I attended an enrichment day for spiritual directors at the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle. These events are a wonderful time to gather with spiritual directors of other faith traditions and enjoy a time of refreshment and renewal for all. The presenters were Christine...

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The Holy Spirit's Visit at Four O'Clock

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Posted by St. Thomas Staff on

In September, after Mike and I discussed my lapses in memory with our family doctor, I was referred for psychological testing. The psychologist informed us that the results were consistent with early stages of Alzheimer’s and referred me to a neurologist for further tests. I cried in...

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Who is My Neighbor?

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Posted by The Rev. Lex Breckinridge on

I have attended several of the meetings of our Who Is My Neighbor program, which aims to bring together St. Thomas folks living near each other to get to know one another and look out for each other. Each of these gatherings has had its own character and its own energy, but what each has had in...

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Gardening

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Posted by The Rev. Karen Haig on

…The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth, one is nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth. —Dorothy Frances Gurney Sometime about three years ago, I spent several afternoons digging plants out of the garden in the old St. Thomas close...

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