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Photo by Malcolm Marler

Today is my 59th birthday. I am grateful to have lived this long.

I am thankful for love in my life, good health, and a vocation that calls me to integrate my work and faith daily. I celebrate my love with Mary Bea Sullivan, and Brendan and Kiki, and my

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A Witness

When we listen to another person’s perspective of an event you both attended, it is like turning a beautiful piece of cut glass to see the many different hues sparkle and often we appreciate them even more. My friend Bil Hitchcock from Montgomery, AL, shared his perspective when he attended my ordination as an Episcopal

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Being Salt

Rev. Sarah Jackson Shelton and I were classmates at seminary, she was my pastor when I was a member of the Baptist Church of the Covenant, and the officiant at my wedding to Mary Bea Sullivan. Most recently, she was the preacher at my ordination as a priest in the Episcopal Church.

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Prayers of the People

The bulletin for the ordination service for Malcolm Marler can be seen here.

The UAB Hospital Atrium being transformed into a sanctuary.

In many worship services in the Episcopal church, there is a time in the service called, “Prayers of the People.”

This is a time when one person or many, speak prayers out

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When in Doubt

When you are in doubt as to whether you should love someone or not, risk love.

When you are in doubt as to whether you should judge someone or not, choose the higher ground and love.

When you are in doubt as to whether you should forgive someone or not, offer grace which is love.

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An Open Letter to My Mother

Note: On August 5, 1965, Malcolm Marler’s mother (41) died suddenly. You can read more about that here.

Dear Mama,

Martha Lou Marler in her early 20’s.

It is hard to believe that 48 years ago today you took your last breath on this earth when I was 10 years old. You would be

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That We May Be One

Sermon preached at Grace Episcopal Church, Cullman, AL, May 12, 2013. Seventh Sunday of Easter. By Malcolm Lewis Marler

John 17:20-26

Jesus prayed for his disciples, and then he said. “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may

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The Laying On of Hands

This post is part of a series on My Faith Journey.

When I was a junior in college and “felt the call” to ministry, I had no idea where this path would lead. I just wanted to be open to God’s call in my life.

I knew I would have to be “ordained” if

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Facing Fears


Looking up at the climb ahead.

A few months ago I participated in a Healthcare Leadership Academy retreat for about 20-25 leaders from the Health System where I work. This was not a lecture day, but an experiential learning about leadership via a ropes course.

The goal of one of the exercises was

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Loving the Sinner, Hating the Sin

Regardless who you are, I need and want to love you more.

Regarding hating the sin, I will reserve that for my own.

That will keep me busy.

Peace and grace to you, Malcolm