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The Membership of the Dead and Raised

Grace Claus I've been thinking a lot about membership lately. This is mostly thanks to Wendell Berry, whose novel Jayber Crow I finished earlier this month. It's the story of Port William, a small farming town in Kentucky, the people who live there, and the way a place lays claim to us. Early in the novel, Jayber, a twenty-something man who was orphaned as a child and has moved increasingly farther away from his hometown, decides to return home. His…
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March 1, 2013
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Two Questions for Young Pastors

For ten weeks this year, my husband, Dan, and I made our home in the rocky, timbered geography of Whidbey Island. We were there for the summer as pastoral interns at First Reformed Church of Oak Harbor, Washington. Even more than preaching or developing the liturgy, our primary task was to know and love the people of the congregation. As we did this—at barbecues and bonfires, in nursing homes, or out on the water in a kayak—we came to understand…
Grace Claus
December 1, 2012