Tracy Keenan

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A Spiritual Practice Involving Imaginary Animal Friends

Imaginary animal friends can be delightfully helpful.
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Slow Communion

Communion: why not partake of it slowly?
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So, What’s Your Story?

Could you name five of your most life-defining moments?
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Reunion

Reunion by Tracy Keenan - August 21, 2016
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When Crime Pays

Please know this: I’m not recommending that EVERYONE start watching the Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black,” especially if you are skittish about swearing and sex – both are abundant, and it’s graphic, too.
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What's One More?

What can I say about all this that is not already being said? No one really wants to hear someone else say that Donald Trump’s words about “barring all Muslims” from this country are un-Christian and un-American.
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What Does Your Body Say About This?

Most of my days are spent reading, writing, listening, praying, going from home to office to hospital to coffee meeting to office to home, all the while either checking or working on the screen of some device. I live in my head. I use my eyes and ears and mouth. I think a lot.
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White People 101 or "I Don't Want to be Racist"

We like to pretend that we really have no prejudice, that we never make snap judgments about anyone based on color.
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What's Your Theme Song?

I know, it sounds like one of those Facebook quizzes they use to ferret out information about you for advertising purposes.
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Where's Your Joy?

If I learned anything from my silent unplugged retreat a couple months ago, it’s that the world will go on and the bottom will not fall out if we stop racing and start pacing ourselves, interlacing our days with space for joy to make itself known.
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Offline and Off-grid, Part 2

If I forget this, I can remind myself. There are do-overs anytime I want.
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Offline and Off-grid, Part 1

No talking, no email, no texting,no phone for 8 days. Just listening for God in the nothingness.
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What Church is Really For

One of our young adults told me he hasn’t been to church in a really long time. He loves God and all, but just really doesn’t feel a need to come to church.
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Dust to Dust

NOTE: This is a slightly edited version of the one I posted here February 15, 2015.
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When Church Happens

If what happens at church does not stir us to deepen and stretch our souls so that we are good for this world, it’s not much use.
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Friends and Enemies

It's very hard for people here to get past the misconception that whatever happens in Europe or America is directly done by Christians and therefore supported by all Christians.
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'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...
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Between

Considering that we are people who seem to leap from one thing to the next, from day to day, place to place, task to task, we actually spend most of our time in between.
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Expectations

I cringe as I feel myself swirling into the eddy of the call to spend money on things advertisers try to make us think we can’t possibly live without. And in an age of too much rich food – fast food, pizza, candy, cookies – we are pressed in this season to eat more, put out more, and the running joke is about the predictable weight gain this time of year. And yes, all this while there are hungry people right here in this city.
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Dislocation

Time peels back. Driving these turns, I am seventeen, I am fearless.
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Just This

There were hours of lectures, rich and packed with wisdom and insight, and I took sixty pages of notes.
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Why Really, Really Pushing Your Teenager to Come to Church With You is a Good Thing

I understand that lives are busy and you have to pick and choose your battles wisely and that it’s a crazy world out there with a bazillion demands on time and energy...
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Catholic Envy

There's always someone who is delighted, and someone who is not at all pleased, but we take turns with that in order to include a lot of folks.
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I Miss Who You Were

Time is a bugger. It’s a thief and a generous giver. It plays pranks, some of them cruel. It lavishes riches, it tickles and stabs. It makes us hopeful, wistful, furious, and impatient. We wish for more of it. We wish it would hurry up, slow down, turn around. And yet it is all there.
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Getting My Thoreau On

I am learning to smile at my mind's forays, to watch them the way a doting parent might smile on child’s wild storytelling, and then ask myself what I am experiencing, and – and this is the key – to accept it, to welcome it, to not try to correct, justify, rationalize, push away, or tweak.
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You Know You're a PresbyGeek If...

General Assembly – the biennial national gathering of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) met in Detroit last week, and I as I followed avidly on the livestream and social media, I found myself becoming more and more of a PresbyGeek every moment.
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The Dangers of Dragons and the Courage of Community

I just finished my last mission trip with the youth of Covenant Presbyterian Church. It was - like all mission trips – both harrowing and holy.
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Can You Play?

But in order to try and really Play, we have to let go of the need to create something wonderful, do something well, or produce something worthy.
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It Sank in My Gut Like a Stone

The book was recommended by a friend on Facebook, and I downloaded it on Kindle and bit into it with gusto. I did not realize what I was getting into.
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True Confessions of a Pastor on the Verge of Holy Week

Someone outside the church asked me recently if, after 25 years of being a pastor, Holy Week was something I looked forward to, and did I welcome the predictability of it, the drama and color and power of it?
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