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On Children — Kahlil Gibran

While the reference to the Archer is masculine, it is easy to alter the text through omission and parallel word usage at the time of reading, informing the listeners of any changes. Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not […]

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Psalm 24, Lift up your heads — John Edgerton, USA

This modern psalm offers ‘balanced’ gender language, not inclusive, but the powerful juxtaposition between the masculine language of NIV and the feminine language of Edgerton’s version is effective, so I’ve included it. — Ana Gobledale, Editor   With Apologies to the Psalmist ‘Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that […]

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Good Friday Ritual of the Nails — UK

This service involves each member of the congregation through actions.  Each worshipper receives a large nail upon arrival and is invited to interact with their nail at different points in the service. Following the reading from John 19 and Luke 23, they are invited to hold the nail for a personal reflection.  Later they are invited to […]

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