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The Unspoken Sacrament

“Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” (Mark 9:7) Sacraments are those wondrously mundane visible acts of inward grace. For some of us there are seven; for others there are two; and for some there are none. In trying to understand…

Selig

“If we remember that the German word for holy (selig) is the root of our word silly, we may be forced to make some pertinent connections.” — Mary Rose O’Reilly, Radical Presence: Teaching as Contemplative Practice It’s been a long, cold winter. I smile behind my wool scarf as I crunch over the snow and…

Storied Space

Our storied lives are spoken and unspoken, communal and individual, understood and mysterious, but always connected and always ongoing. Reading this first sentence back to myself, it sounds like I’m starting the story from the middle. I wanted to rewrite it but I was struck deeply with the reality: When are we not starting in…

Dear Nefoos, On Understanding Women’s Marches as Deep Spiritual Practice

Dear nefoos, Millions of people are participating in marches across the US and Canada this weekend. It’s Women’s March 2018. The aim? “The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.” (taken from Women’s March Mission Statement, website, 2018). You all may…

Hospitality of Cold

“…I was a stranger and you invited me in” -Jesus (Matthew 25:35b). To some, this little cabin looks the pristine picture of a perfect retreat. To others, it’s a bit far out of the way of civilization. To a few friends of mine, it’s the perfect horror movie setup, and I’m clearly trying to get…

Dear Jean: A Story of Echoes

    “Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed.” ~Jean Vanier, Becoming Human Dear Jean, After a 4:30am wakeup call,…

Chili and Buns

I attended my friend Bev’s ordination service yesterday. Everywhere were symbols of life, service, sacrament, and ministry. There was music from all sorts of traditions, a drumming circle, children waving ribbons, prayers, candles, stones, and (of course) the sharing of The Table. It was a powerful and remarkable service, each element its own vocal reminder…