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I’m a chaplain who doesn’t always like to go to church. Truthfully, some churches make me uncomfortable.

If you are honest with yourself today, I suspect you sometimes recognize the deceptive voice of privilege. It’s the voice we use when we insist that people accept us simply because we’re a Christian, or because our family is rich, or because we speak English or because we are tall white men. Or because we are a chaplain.

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While hospice sometimes happens in a hospital, my work happens in a patient’s home. I join a team of social workers, nurses, aids and volunteers who provide comfort to people in their final six months of life.

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Have you ever been in such physical pain that it gave others a bad impression of you? If so, you’re definitely not alone in this reaction. I’ve been there, too.

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Aside from teaching me golf etiquette, my golfing friends were highlighting a tricky question we face in life when we reach a pinnacle of accomplishment. Do we toot our own horn, or do we wait, head bowed, to be showered with accolades?

Prayer should express exactly what we are thinking. If you’re mad at God, I encourage you to stand up and shake your fist at him. Tell him to his face, not behind his back. That’s right, God overhears your complaints to friends about him not taking your calls.

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As the political signs fill my neighborhood, I’m aware that our country remains divided on issues like abortion, medical care, immigration and gay rights.

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Mission Charleston, a group of Charleston area congregations that aims to strengthen bonds within the faith community, is asking local congregations to help fund operational costs for a private premiere showing of "Emanueul." The event, slated for June 15 at the Charleston Gailliard Center, is in collaboration with Arbella Studios and the city of Charleston and will also honor the victims, survivors, first responders and others connected to the tragedy where nine parishioners were killed during Bible study.

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Melvin Brown, who was refused membership into the private club at a meeting, and Andrew Savage, Brown’s co-sponsor at the meeting, will participate in The Social Justice Racial Equity Collaborative’s Living Your Truth series Tuesday.

In last week’s column, I promised to tell you the story of Army Sgt. Robert Stucki from Clarksville, Ky. I interviewed the sergeant for this column 10 years ago when he was a patient, and I the chaplain, at the Air Force Field Hospital in Balad, Iraq.

Victor Hugo wrote “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in 1831 because the cathedral was in a state of horrible disrepair.  If the fire at Notre Dame can prompt society to come together and examine its priorities, then he would be glad to know that his novel is still fulfilling its purpose.