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Spiritual Connections – The Leaves Of The Tree (May 2022)

Spiritual Connections – The Leaves Of The Tree (May 2022)

This month's Spiritual Connections is from our General Presbyter, the Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo: In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God...

Lent and Peace in Ukraine

Lent and Peace in Ukraine

The sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine and a symbol of peace. This is one of the flowers from my garden last year. Dear Members and Friends in the Presbytery of Southern New England, Like all of you, I have been horrified and brought to both tears and stunned...

Spiritual Connections – God of Creation (Nov 2021)

Spiritual Connections – God of Creation (Nov 2021)

This month's Spiritual Connections is from our General Presbyter, the Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo: On Thursday night of this past week, we were awakened at 3AM by the sounds of our dog crying. Earlier in the night we had to put the “cone of shame” around her neck to...

Spiritual Connections – Burnout (October 2021)

Spiritual Connections – Burnout (October 2021)

This month's Spiritual Connections is from our General Presbyter, the Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo: Earlier this year my doctor told me to read a book on Burnout. She’s a little bit younger than me, has a two-year old at home, a medical practice, and oh yes, that other...

Spiritual Connections – July 2021

Spiritual Connections – July 2021

This month's Spiritual Connections is from our General Presbyter, the Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo: The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.”...

Spiritual Connections – June 2021

Spiritual Connections – June 2021

This month's Spiritual Connections is from our General Presbyter, the Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo: As I write this, I am sitting in a house in (very) rural Selmer, Tennessee. I am here with my Doctor of Ministry Cohort, for our first in-person gathering. Yesterday I got...

Spiritual Connections – Cicadas and Possibilities (May 2021)

Spiritual Connections – Cicadas and Possibilities (May 2021)

You’ve no doubt heard all about the cicada emergence going on in a large swath of the country this year. Cicadas are prevalent on an annual basis, but there are some types that only come out in periodic intervals, 13 or 17 years. And only 15 of these periodic broods...

Spiritual Connections – February 2021

Spiritual Connections – February 2021

There has been a lot of commentary leading up to Lent that the last year has felt like Lent, when we have had to give up many things, put beloved traditions away for a season, and to trust deeply that the God of love and resurrection will see us through to whatever is...

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