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Articles written by The Rev. David Parks

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Re-examining the spiritual trauma of suicide | Worship

In the last 25 years of ministry, there were several times when I presided at the funerals of people who had committed suicide. Those times have been among the most difficult and painful experiences of my life. My heart breaks for... — Updated 9/23/2014

 

Some things I used to believe | Worship

I had a seminary professor who used to say that the human problem is the inexhaustible capacity to draw imaginary lines between good and evil – and then put ourselves on the good side. I always wanted to be the one on the good... — Updated 7/9/2014

 

An awkward lunch with pastors

I was certain it would be a disaster. I felt anxious as I looked to what I imagined would be a difficult meeting. The participants were, after all, such an eclectic and diverse group of people. The prospect of sitting down... — Updated 2/6/2013 Full story

 

Same sex marriage: One pastor’s change of heart

They came to my office one afternoon. Two women in their early 30s wanted to talk to me about presiding at their wedding. They were nervous. I was nervous. It was a kind of fork in the road for me. I realized that I would have to... — Updated 7/11/2012 Full story

 

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