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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.

Hungers

I had one of those days this week where between morning appointments and my Japanese class, I didn’t have anything to eat between breakfast and dinner, so when I got home about 4, I was hungry.  I suspect many of … Continue reading

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Faith & Politics

In a recent message to the clergy of the diocese Bishop Cate Waynick  shared her thoughts about  criticism of the church being motivated “by politics” in espousing actions and  to support or oppose governmental policies, issues.  She wrote: “I want … Continue reading

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Lighting the shadows

What was the greatest (though some might argue worst) invention that changed human life? Artificial light – whether oil lamps, candles, incandescent electric lights or LEDs… We can provide a means to see in the midst of the dark. For … Continue reading

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Water is LIFE

Water is important. In Genesis the wind of God swept over the primordial waters In Exodus Moses led the people through the waters of the Red Sea. The prophet Elijah struck the water of the Jordan and spilt the waters … Continue reading

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The Work of Christmas

By Howard Thurman When the song of the angels is stilled When the star in the sky is gone When the kings and princes are home When the shepherds are back with their flock The work of Christmas begins: To … Continue reading

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For THOSE people?

It was a time of discord, dissention, fracture and violence. Politics were brutal. Governing the land meant deals with the powerful; incompetent appointments of the well connected; and threats against the most vulnerable. Loyalty to an ideology meant more than … Continue reading

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Sunday of the Fulfillment

Sunday (Nov. 20) is the last Sunday of the church year. Unlike the societal calendar the church year begins with the first Sunday of Advent which in 2016 is Sunday November 27. We end the current church year with the … Continue reading

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Persistent & Continual

We sat watching the presidential debate on a recent Sunday evening with our youngest son & his girlfriend. It was a strange experience even though good questions were asked by capable journalists and concerned citizens. The strangeness for me was … Continue reading

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Doing with Less

The opening of the letter from Paul to his young protégé Timothy is instructive. Paul leaves no doubt in Timothy’s mind that Paul has a high regard & affection for him. This can be a reminder that each of us … Continue reading

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I have to preach on THAT?

It’s been a challenging week. To be honest, I’ve lost track of how many inappropriate instances of police brutality and other violence have happened in this country; I’ve not been too successful at stepping away from the day to day … Continue reading

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