Monthly Archives: September 2011

Gather Us In

Here in this place, new light is streaming, now is the darkness vanished away. See, in this space, our fears and our dreamings, brought here to you in the light of this day. Gather us in – the lost and … Continue reading

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A Question of Kin and Connection

You know the story  of Jonah—Jonah the reluctant prophet who, when asked by God, to go to Ninevah—the capital of wickedness, the center of corruption, the home of cruelest of all Israel’s enemies—heads straight in the opposite direction.  Jonah who … Continue reading

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Forgiveness Happens

I wonder if forgiveness is something that happens in us and through us—a kind of grace that God imparts in human hearts. I wonder if forgiveness—that releasing of the bond of pain and anger and hurt and shame that ties us to another person—buds and flowers in us over time. One day, we look around and see that that chain of hurt has just slipped away. Continue reading

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My little nook

I love my study–it’s home to me and my dog Tex.  Along with us in this special space are many of my books.  Within reach, Luise Schottroff’s Jesus of Nazareth, the Book of Common Prayer, and four translations of the … Continue reading

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Conflict and Community

A friend of mine recently told me she was taking a sabbatical from church. She had had enough of the squabbles and petty complaints that seemed to characterize her worshipping community. She’d decided to stay home on Sundays. To take long runs, to appreciate the beauty of the earth, and to commune with God on her own. An approach many disenchanted people take to church. They simply go it on their own. A faith journey to be sure, one that leads many people to a closer communion with God. A journey many of us in this room have taken at one point or another in our lives. Continue reading

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