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Category Archive for 'Heartsong'

Surprised by Interruptions

We had our first “Heartsong @ 1917” gathering yesterday to create community and connection with one another and God.  We didn’t know if anyone would show up.  Thankfully they did. But it didn’t go as planned. Just before we began,  “John” who was in his early 20’s stopped by the room, stuck his head in […]

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About Heartsong @ 1917

For some time now, I have wanted to start “something” that would bring our patients together to discuss how a connection with the Sacred makes a difference in our lives. A time that would help us connect with something larger than ourselves in order to give purpose and meaning in life. A place that would […]

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I love to go hiking.   The only problem is I get lost almost every time I go. I get distracted by the trees, the flowers, the birds and the butterflies.  I love to smell the pine and feel the breeze by streams of water.  But I forget about the little painted marks on the side […]

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Heartsong–Opening My Eyes

I experienced Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5:1-12) in a new way at the Alabama Heartsong Retreat last week.  I realize now I had been blind, but now I see in a new way.  Let me explain. I moved around the circle of 50 placing my hand on a different head in random order […]

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The Scandal at Heartsong

It has been less than 12 hours since I left the Alabama Heartsong Retreat 2009, but I feel like I have to write about a scandal that happened at this year’s retreat.  It happened on the second night of the retreat, but one needs to know the setting first. Fifty or so people gathered at this […]

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Janet’s Tender Grace

As I go down my final checklist to attend the 16th Heartsong Retreat, I am thinking about Janet. Janet went to Heartsong last year.  I remember her love of singing, her quick sense of humor, her self-awareness, and her love of dancing.  She was a 50 something year old African American woman who made friends […]

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Alan and Manny

This post fits in both series:  “One Christian Minister’s Response to Homosexuality,” and “The Alabama Heartsong Retreat.” Friendships change us. Alan Woellhart is one of those friends in my life. I met Alan in 1993 when I was interviewing for my job at The 1917 (HIV/AIDS) Clinic at UAB.  He was on the Chaplain search […]

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Heartsong Stories — Harry

As our annual Heartsong Retreat is coming up in a couple of weeks,  I am thinking about Harry Wingfield. Soon after I began at the clinic in ’94, Harry came to my office and said enthusiastically, “I want you to know about a spiritual retreat I went to in Louisiana for persons living with HIV. […]

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Heartsong Stories — Andy

I am thinking about the Alabama Heartsong Retreat  in a few weeks and remembering people who have attended in the past, like “Andy.” Andy was a handsome Italian man in his 20’s in 1998.  He was a loving father, a devoted son, a caring brother, and a committed life partner.  I remember his health had […]

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Heartsong Retreat

The Alabama Heartsong Retreat is the most meaningful event that I have ever been involved in on an annual basis.  This will be my 15th year in a row to participate.  In fact, I can’t think of anything I’ve attended for 15 years in a row. Heartsong is an annual spiritual retreat for persons living […]

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