Friday, December 8, 2023

Have Faith: Born again

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Sometimes I get caught up in phrases or terms that we see used in Christianity. This weekend I had a little hang-up about being “born again.” There are differing opinions on Jesus' conversation with...

Have Faith: An unflappable leader

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A lot of folks know Peter Boak as the fearless leader of the Island Community Chorus, but he's also been music minister at the Federated Church in Edgartown for 25 years. The church will...

Have Faith: Walking to end hunger

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It's CROP Walk time again, folks, and we even have a closing ceremony this year. Join everyone on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 17, at 2:30 pm at St. Augustine's Church in the parish parking lot....

Have Faith: Music moves us

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I made my first trip to the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven last Friday night to listen to some Christian music. What a beautiful building. The wooden beams were amazing and the acoustics...

Have Faith: Meet the Rev. Dr. Robert Hardies

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My fascination with the Unitarian Universalist Society is based half on its New England history and the other half on a film I watched on Netflix years ago, “Raw Faith.” Progressive Unitarian minister Marilyn...

Have Faith: Sharing the faith

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It's not easy being a parent and it's not easy getting your children to go to church once they reach a certain age. When they're little, you can take them along almost anywhere with...

Have Faith: Surviving and thriving

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The Little Children of Mary, a faith-based local organization whose mission is to work for peace however they can and to support those in need, are hosting a special speaker this month at the...

Have Faith: Saying goodbye, for now

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Being a priest isn't like being a dentist. Dentists can retire someday, stop pulling teeth and looking at X-rays. Priests, on the other hand, are committed to being a priest for life. They may...

Have Faith: Waiting on God

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My patience went out the window a long time ago, and I'm still waiting for its unlikely return. I think my whole family might be waiting. It gets especially difficult this time of year,...

Have Faith: New youth and children’s pastor

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Oh, I remember it well: Getting three kids dressed for church by myself and walking literally next door to St. Anne's Church in Parish, N.Y., on Sunday mornings. It wasn't far to go, but...

Have Faith: Pentecost Sunday

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When I first started writing this column, I thought about how awesome it would be to learn more about other religions as I wrote it. I still have a lot to learn about other...

Have Faith: Easter at the Tabernacle

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I can't begin to find all the words needed to describe how great it was to gather at the Tabernacle on Easter Sunday afternoon for the combined service with Grace Episcopal Church and St....

Have Faith: Easter and Passover

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It's that time of year, when I ask Island clergy about Passover and Easter services. It's also that time of year when they're probably busiest. The Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center offers a special Zoom program,...

Have Faith: Time to try meditation

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Have you ever had a conversation with people who meditate on a regular basis? I have and I have to say, we don't always see eye to eye. Seems like every time I want...

Have Faith: Hello, my old friend

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When you grow up Catholic, Lent is a very big deal. And when you're a child, it's an even bigger deal, because you can't imagine giving up bubble gum, candy bars, or teasing your...

Have Faith: A new shepherd

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Anytime I can take a drive up-Island to Aquinnah I do it. Usually it's when we have visitors and they want to see the sights, but it's even better when I head up that...

Have Faith: Deep listening

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In the days after the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6, it seemed a good idea to gather with and listen to what some Islanders were feeling and thinking, so I joined the...

Have Faith: After COVID

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There are many things to miss these days, and we've all likely lamented them in one form or another. Before COVID, and before I became an editor at The Times, I was able to...

Have Faith: New year, new hope

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Dear Readers: I’ve decided to re-run the column I wrote last year. I find it bittersweet after what 2020 turned out to be. When I was a kid, we celebrated the new year with dancing...

Have Faith: Taking care

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“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and...