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March 28, 2020

The assigning of blame has been one of humanity’s prime defense mechanisms for millennia. We see it in the ancients, and we see it today. We see it in ourselves, and in one another. I’ve been witnessing it in the chat feeds as the president and senate hold their briefi...

March 22, 2020

Like many of you, I have listened to countless federal, state and local leaders grappling with the challenges facing our world. I’m deeply appreciative of and sympathetic to the unprecedented problems they are seeking to address. As the days have now become weeks, I’ve...

March 18, 2020

“Light A Candle” Virtual Prayer Vigil

9 PM (EST) Thursdays (20 minutes)

Hosted by Fall Creek Abbey

During this time as our communities, our country, and people around the world watch and wait for the effects of this pandemic, David and I thought it was an important time t...

March 18, 2020

Dear Friends, 
 
How do we make sense of these turbulent times we find ourselves in? We read. We talk. We take action. We withdrawal. We grasp for some bit of information or some kind of traction that will give us a sense of control. The news offers little beyond death...

March 14, 2020

There are times when you read something that it hits you that the words before you are indeed inspired. May this unattributed Prayer for a Pandemic give voice to what we find difficult to express to others as well as ourselves.

May we who are merely inconvenienced

Rememb...

March 14, 2020

Yesterday morning I received a voice mail from my grand-kids school regarding the Coronavirus. It was the third call and the first time I got the jitters. Up until then, I’d felt like this ominous, imperceptible virus was “out there,” at a safe distance. Not an impendi...

March 7, 2020

I live and serve in Beirut Lebanon, and like other countries in the Near East, Lebanon is a country that has suffered greatly throughout their history. Currently, we are in the third month of a revolution against corruption and a pending economic collapse. In the midst...

February 26, 2020

TODAY is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a 40-day season of somber penitence. Do you find the thought of it as overwhelming as I do?

For several years I’ve practiced some form of fasting and engaged in intentional spiritual practices during Lent. Some years I’ve f...

February 22, 2020

Having raced to the car, our kids had some time to fill while they waited for us to catch up. Arriving, I noticed a nearby van, thickly coated with dust and thoroughly inscribed with the words: “Care for the earth - plant seeds!” Clearly the work of our kids, I was una...

February 15, 2020

It’s winter. I returned to Linwood, this “thin” place, where God has met me many times before. Snow covers the ground and the cold temperatures help insulate the snow from melting. It’s beautiful.

This morning I sat in the dining hall, looking out onto the frozen, wintr...

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