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A Diaconal Message for the Consecration of Adrainne Gray

September 17, 2017 – Greetings to The Right Bishop Munib Younan, The Bishop-Elect Ibrahim Azar, The Propst Wolfgang Schmidt, and esteemed Reverends, Deacons, and the Good People of God. Thank you for your presence. *** In 2012, my father, who had been

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Missionaries of Color: Loss or Gain?

How I, an African-American, reconcile going abroad when there is work to be done at home. By Adrainne Gray Most people called into missions or humanitarian work will have to sacrifice or leave behind something. Typically those sacrifices are comforts

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Our First Christmas in the Holy Land
I Don’t Belong

By Adrainne Gray After a late night flight from Chicago, we take an Uber from the airport to our empty house in Atlanta. We arrive at our house, a cathedral without its members. The invisible waves of chants and prayers

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I’m a Missionary… But It’s Not What You Think

By Ben Gray As I spread the news that our family was headed to Palestine, what I told people depended on the context in which I knew them. At work I told people that we were moving to Jerusalem to

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The Transition

By Adrainne Gray Transitioning is the time between one country and the next. I am happy to say, after unforeseen delays, our visas have finally been approved by the Israeli Ministry of Interior. We are scheduled to depart August 9.

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Our “New” Typical Day

7:00 a.m. Wake, splash water on face, eat fast, get coffee (if we hadn’t sold the grinder!) 8:00  Roofers coming to patch roof (preparing for renters) 8:30 Continue to load car for trip to the storage unit 8:45 Car was

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Learn About the Lutheran Church in the Holy Land, Fast

  [View the story “ELCJHL” on Storify]  

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When Liturgy Comes Alive

Does life seem to mimic the liturgical season for anyone else? These are the seasons that some churches follow marking transitions within the Christian story beginning usually in November. Most people who are vaguely familiar with Advent think it is

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The Experiment

Here’s an idea for intergenerational Christian Education that works.

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