Posts By Buffy Boke

Reflections on Veterans Day

By , November 13, 2013
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These specially-marked days are tough on a preacher. It’s not easy to think up some fresh way to reflect on an old national holiday. That’s the blessing of rituals – one isn’t expected to find a new way to honor those who served or to remark on the fact that the Armistice – the original

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Guest in the Guest House

By , October 28, 2013
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Yesterday Martha Hennessy, my good friend from Weathersfield and oh by the way Dorothy Day’s granddaughter spoke at First Parish. She spoke about Dorothy’s work and her own return to Roman Catholicism. She talked about how for Dorothy as well as for herself the faith has nothing to do with the Church hierarchy and everything

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Where The Heart Is

By , October 21, 2013
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Transgender – a tough subject to hear about for some of us, a subject keenly relevant to many of us, a body of learning urgently required of all of us. Reading           What if Living Authentically Could Cost You Your Life? Hear the words of my friend and colleague Paul Langston-Daley, written for the International

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The (My) Religious Journey

By , October 13, 2013
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The Religious Journey October 13, 2013 Sung at the Offertory Holy Now When I was a boy, each week on Sunday, we would go to church And pay attention to the priest. He would read the holy word And consecrate the holy bread, and everyone would kneel and bow Today the only difference is, everything

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Faith Without God

By , September 23, 2013
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Today’s sermon had a lot of quotations in it – more than I like to use but somehow other people’s words were what I needed to share today. Most of the quotations came from James Carroll’s article “Earnest Atheists look for God” which ran in the September 16 issue of the Boston Globe. Tillich’s work on

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The Evidence of Things Not Seen

By , September 15, 2013
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The Evidence of Things Not Seen Today we begin an exploration of the idea of “faith” – how we use the word, what it was to the ancients, what it is to us today, how our own faith is strengthened or diminished by our experiences. Today I’ll talk about the traditional Jewish and Christian concepts

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Distraction and Focus

By , September 14, 2013
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“Is it true that one can actually be less distracted as one gets older, so that one can see more clearly even though the eyes grow dim?”I asked myself that question in October 2010 as I launched the search that brought me to my current settlement in Canton. And I think in many ways we can

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Manifest a Parking Space

By , July 22, 2013
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I think it was my friend Ellen who once said, as we drove around looking for a place to park, “Manifest a parking space! Manifest a parking space!” If it wasn’t Ellen she won’t mind my saying it might have been; she knows the power of positive thinking. The authors of The Secret say that

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The Drawing of this Love

By , July 21, 2013
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Posting this two years and nine months after I wrote it on October 25, 2010I’ll respond to that question at the end sometime soon…With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this CallingWe shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place

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