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Why I Am Coming to NYC

Why I Am Coming to NYC

Each year it seems like such an undertaking: spending money on travel for myself that could have been used for a family vacation; enduring crowded flights and dreary layovers; trudging to and fro on subway lines and unfamiliar avenues, a stranger in a strange land – all to spend a few fleeting days at a religious conference. Is it worth it, you may ask? Well, I wrote what follows after last year’s conference, and it sums up the reason why I intend to make this annual pilgrimage to New York City as long as there is a Mockingbird…

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The Beauty of Saint George's Church

The Beauty of Saint George’s Church

Check out these pictures of our gracious host church for the Mockingbird Conference. This church has changed a lot over the years.

Here is what the interior looked like 50 years ago, which is very similar to how it looks today:

This is the rear of the nave, also from about 50 years ago, also very similar to today:

And here is the church interior circa 75 years ago, which is also similar except for the huge organ in the gallery (given in memory of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Morgan):

Now, this next one is my favorite, the interior from 100 years ago….

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Displaced Persons in an Alien World

Displaced Persons in an Alien World

On Saturday afternoon as I walked out the Chantry doors of Saint George’s, the sky was grey, the air was a damp chill, and the cherry trees with their paper-parchment blossoms had somehow lost their luster. Indeed, the world seemed a very different place from the world I had left on the Thursday prior, as I walked in through those same doors to enter the world of the Mockingbird Conference.

Now, though, as I headed up 16th Street to catch the subway and begin my long trip home, I was engulfed with a profound sense of loss, one that could…

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