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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.

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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Learning form Dishonesty

We have another week of a strange assortment of readings this week. Jeremiah is looking at a society on the brink of disaster and expresses his distress. Paul warns Timothy that society and its leaders are constantly in need of … Continue reading

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Re-membering 911

Today we mark the 15th anniversary of the day four airplanes were hijacked and three used as weapons against buildings which represent the economic, military, and political power structures of our country. This day in 2001 is a difficult one … Continue reading

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Deep Question

(A reflection from Nancy’s time with family in Japan) Some questions seem to come from left field; others, though, emerge from somewhere much deeper, the soul. Granddaughter asked me one of those deeper questions today. We had a gentle day … Continue reading

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Child Ritual

While in Japan visiting our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter I have had various adventures going to playground, the zoo, and some of the cultural sites. This morning’s activity was to climb seven hundred ninety two steps up, and I mean … Continue reading

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