Posts by Caroline Fairless

Yellow Bird

(I am grateful to Rex Nelson for his beautiful photograph of a yellow warbler.) I am publishing this written piece in three places: one, as an excerpt under Caroline’s Books ~The Space Between Church & Not-Church; the others, as a blog post under the categories of God Talk (optional), and the space between . .…

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The Language of the Space Between . . .

Over the twenty plus years of my life as a clergy person, I have learned to talk often and easily about sacrament and ritual, about liturgy, forgetting that these words which might be second nature in a church context, are not otherwise commonplace. I forget, too, that even as I entered seminary, I had no…

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A Vocabulary Lesson ~ Ecotone (Sometimes ecotome)

The ecological work we need to be doing isn’t really coming from people of churches or from those outside churches, at least not with the urgency it requires. Take churches, for example, especially Mainline churches. This is from a 2008 article in the Boston Globe. “(yet) Protestant denominations are leaving many of their small churches…

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