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Column: Rebuttal to ‘Church Without God’ article

I am commenting this week on the article written by Professor Jacqui Frost in the Faith and Family article in the Gazette, “Church Without God?” Jan. 19, 2024. I have some observations of my own about the nonreligious community that seems to be growing. First, I think it is good to review ...

Column: Combating loneliness strengthens community

One of the things I do as a Chaplain is call the people new to Hospice. It is my charge to see if the new patients would like to have a visit from the Chaplain or be connected to their pastor, rabbi, or minister of their own Faith Community. The phone calls can be short. Most people have their ...

Feelings on freshly fallen snow

Any true Yooper knows the delight of fresh snow. The whiteness to it, the freshness to it, the kind of depth it has. The quality of stickiness and weight to it. Pristine snow is heaven-sent. It’s magical to be the first on it. Being the very first person to walk on it. Or first one to ...

Column: ‘The fire of God’s love dwells within us’

I have for the last eight weeks been home-bound. I had a second surgery on a deformity in my ankle. It has been an odd period for me to experience. It occurred over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, the busiest time in the calendar year. I am not much for sitting in a recliner, ...

Column: Humble beginnings of the holiday season

It is interesting how people welcome this time of the year regardless of what faith or no faith followed. We stop to gather family and friends, employees and employers, to rest and shut out the hassle of the everyday rush. Even the weather seems to cooperate, and in our country’s cold and ...

‘Community and self must strive for the same goals’

We are heading into the holiday season. It is a bright time with festive tinsel and decoration of trees and houses. Even the stores have put on their best merchandising colors, deals, and offers to celebrate the season. Indeed, there is a bit of magic in the air. This year, however, has been ...