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Author Archive: mpolenz

Clara

Pictured above Reiki providers Elizabeth (Care Ministries Coordinator), Lorraine, Ruth, Robin and Ali. Fifteen years ago, September 11, 2001, Clara* was driving on the New Jersey turnpike when traffic came to a standstill and she watched a tower crumble to the ground. An EMT on the national register and a volunteer first responder with the […]

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Evelyn

“I was singing in the church choir–participating in choir has always been a part of my spiritual life–when the elders of the church decided people who were divorced could not sing in the choir or teach Sunday School.“ Evelyn, divorced at this time, felt the sting of this negative judgment for herself and friends at […]

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The Holy Prison of Lent

I spent 5 days with a group of peacemakers and activists from around the world on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela and many others were imprisoned between January 18-22, 2016  This blog series is a set of reflections on that time. The most dangerous political prisoner on Robben Island was not Nelson Mandela. His name […]

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In Shelter of Each Other

I spent 5 days of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela and many others were imprisoned. between January 18-22, 2016 with a group of peacemakers and activists from around the world. This blog series is a set of reflections on that time. The discussion assignment was to tell the others in our group an injustice that […]

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Privileged Stories

I spent 5 days of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela and many others were imprisoned. between January 18-22, 2016 with a group of peacemakers and activists from around the world. This blog series is a set of reflections on that time. If we had come to Robben Island for just an afternoon, the story would […]

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Reflections from Robben Island

On Friday morning, I woke early, got dressed and went for a walk with my camera in hand as the sun rose. My first stop was an abandoned lime quarry where deer grazed in tufts of grass that have grown up in the last 20 years. They scrambled up the hillside as I stood on […]

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Room Reservations

To ensure your room needs are met, it’s imperative you complete a room reservation form. You can complete and submit a form online at our website. You can print a from, complete it and provide that hard copy to Janet Pearson or copies are available in the church office for your use. Room reservation forms […]

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