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About don

The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.

Firsts & Lasts

By now I should be used to this. Especially since I began this meandering life as a priest in 1970 when I moved from seminary to Albany NY. Move followed move in quick succession for 12 years. Crossing New York … Continue reading

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Sibling tension & Jesus

Strangely when thinking about the portion of the Gospel with Martha ragging on sister Mary for not helping her prepare dinner for Jesus I had a tangential thought about mirrors. I have gotten to that point in life where I … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Readings

So what are we to learn from the three distinctive readings for Pentecost? Let’s   begin with Genesis & the Tower of Babel, recalling a story of initial unity that never really existed. We are certainly not dealing with history – … Continue reading

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Transformation & Love

In the book of Acts today we have a strange story of Peter’s vision as sail cloth lowered from heaven, ritually unclean animals and Peter being told to kill and eat these unclean critters. If we look at it closely … Continue reading

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Living the Impossible

Have you ever been surprised and startled by experiencing something that you never thought was possible? I know I have. Do you recall what it was like living the impossible – wondering if it were real or simply a dream … Continue reading

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Nic(odemus) at Night

If I was to provide a title for the Gospel on Trinity Sunday (Jesus & Nicodemus) I think it would be “Nick at Night.” Nicodemus a leader of Jerusalem came under cover of darkness to see Jesus. He did not … Continue reading

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“Everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die…”

The last sentence of the portion of the Gospel of Mark’s description of the women at the tomb reads “So they fled from the tomb for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone for they … Continue reading

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Good Friday Reflection

There are days when it might be possible to imagine that we are basically good people and that our society is much more humane and compassionate than during the time the Gospels were written. It might even be possible for … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday Parades

There were two processions that day. The first included Pontius Pilate the Roman Governor escorted by the roman legions that arrived every year in Jerusalem to strengthen the garrison there to prevent any uprisings during the celebration of Passover. Passover … Continue reading

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The 10 Commandments & Jesus

Over recent decades we have heard of a number of controversies about the public display of the 10 commandments. Lawsuits were filed and courts have weighed in. Private citizens and public officials applauded the decisions, or have decried them and … Continue reading

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