Scarritt Bennett Center Blog

A Labyrinth in Midtown

four days before the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima August 2015, by Chance Chambers Ichi purgation I’ve never let go of anything. Napkin starship blueprints, pink guitar picks from 1993, my mother’s voicemail greeting from this side of the ether. It’s all there among my unpacked ruins, static in...

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Listen to God

Throughout our lives we have been told to “Listen.” Perhaps it was our mother, teacher, spouse, friend, or even the public media trying to sell us something. In every case we were/are told to listen to the message addressed to us. The scriptures also tell...

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In the Changing Seasons We Find God

As summer moves into fall we experience some of the natural mysterious of God’s creation – leaves changing color, plants and animals drawing into themselves and preparing for the winter, water developing a thin layer of ice in the early morning, etc. Within our souls...

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New Beginnings

By Caroline McReynolds-Adams It is hard to believe that August is upon us. Summer is on its way out making room for new beginnings. School is starting back up, vacations are over, and most of us return to the more consistent, stable (albeit often busier) lifestyle...

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Why Jazz in Worship?

Each Sunday evening there is a Vespers & All That Jazz Service here at Scarritt Bennett Center. It is a contemplative worship service with jazz music the focus of the service. A valid question that many ask is: “Why do you have jazz music in...

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Compassion is Hard Work

“Compassion is Hard Work” Text: Matthew 9:35-36 Compassion is an interesting and difficult word for Christians. It means “suffering with” or literally “to let one’s innards embrace the feeling or situation of another.” This is much more than love, mercy or pity. It is a word...

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