Thank You

To all the many people who had a hand in bringing together the celebration of my 10th anniversary, please know how grateful I am. It was, in a word, overwhelming. Anita Gusfason and the personnel committee, Jackie Riley and all those in the kitchen. DeWayne Moore for...

So much of life

As we prepare ourselves for Thanksgiving and time many of us will spend around a table with loved ones, and when all of us will call upon or be visited by memories of tables and loved ones and Thanksgiving’s past, I offer this poem from Joy Harjo on the miracle...

The First Step

Over the past two Wednesdays in Bible Study we have looked at a survey of scriptures to see what the Bible has to say about death, dying, and grief. This was on the occasion of All Saints Day, which we celebrated this past Sunday. But we also know that grief does not...

The Kairos of Things

We track time differently in the church. To start, we use a different calendar than the world around us. Our church year begins with the First Sunday of Advent when the world around us restarts every January 1.  We keep a different set of holidays, or holy-days....

Master Planning

Amid budget talks and the news of JD’s upcoming departure, it’s possible that we have not made as big a deal of another important piece of business addressed in our quarterly church conference at the end of August: the creation of a new ad hoc committee to produce a...

The Simple Truth

“Some things you know all your life,” writes the poet, Philip Levine, in his poem, “The Simple Truth.”  “They are so simple and true they must be said without elegance, meter and rhyme, they must be laid on the table beside the salt shaker, the glass of water, the...

A Future That’s Bigger Than Our Past

In his wonderfully hopeful and challenging book, A Future That’s Bigger Than Our Past, author Sam Wells, the vicar of St. Martin in the Fields Church in London, begins by stating what we all know to be true, which is that the Church is changing. The Church is changing...
The Poetry of Our Own Lives

The Poetry of Our Own Lives

“Drawing on nothing fancier than the poetry of his own life, let him use words and images that help make the surface of our lives transparent to the truth that lies deep within them, which is the wordless truth of who we are and who God is and the Gospel of our...
Polychromy

Polychromy

When was the last time you realized you had been looking at something completely wrong? At least at the time I’m writing this (no reason to think it won’t happen again before you read this!), for me it happened earlier today when I read about a new art exhibit at the...

Time and Momentum

It’s “back to school” season, the time when all of us parents send our children out the door with fresh haircuts and new shoes and say to ourselves and anyone who will listen things like “time is moving so fast!” It turns out this is true in more than just a...

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