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Baltimore Faith Leaders Call for Justice, Peace and Prayer

We applaud and stand with all who are raising their voices in protest against this latest injustice, and the entrenched, systemic racism in our society that it reflects. We most especially applaud all those on our streets and in our communities who are refusing to join individuals – often not from our own communities – who would cause the safety of our people, neighborhoods and institutions to be torn asunder by reckless violence.

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Upholding our Community of Love

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone for their continued support of our diocese and the work we are called to do here. We were reminded recently of some dialogue from JRR Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring: “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

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A Timeshare in Babylon

When the system is disturbed or upset in some way, the parts of the system can reorganize onto a higher level. The new life resulting from the stress and disruption thus destroys the entropy of habit and stasis, thereby forcing a different solution.

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All shall be well in God’s time

During this pandemic many of us are isolated but for these small Zoom windows that give us relationship and connection with the wider world and through which we can counsel each other. We are suffering from asphyxiation, not able to breathe out of fear, anxiety or literal illness from this virus. How are we to navigate that? How can we, like Julian, know the depth of God’s love in this time?

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