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Views from a Ridge

Cynthia B. Astle


Notable Quotes      

"A pandemic is not a judgment, and it will not discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving. I think moments like this reveal to me God’s unbelievable love for us. ... We’re learning right now in isolation what interdependence feels like and what a gift it is, and the more we’re apart the more we realize how much we need each other. "

– Religion historian Kate Bowler of UMC-related Duke Divinity School, profiled in the April 6, 2020 New York Times.


"This is our new 9/11 in New York." — New York Area Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton


"If New York and New Jersey were nations, New York would be No. 5 in the world and New Jersey would be No. 8 in terms of the number of cases." 

— Greater New Jersey Area Bishop John R. Schol