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May 23, 2020

This weekend, as Beth and I were walking at Crown Hill Cemetery, I confessed that this forced adjustment to our work and our community was beginning to feel a bit like a pre-cursor to retirement. Maybe a cemetery is not the best place to reflect on questions like this,...

May 19, 2020

Behind the scenes we've been working on a new project - Examen Qs. And they just arrived!     

The principal “power tools” of spiritual direction and contemplative spirituality are well-timed, clearly stated questions that prompt reflection. We've cr...

April 4, 2020

John 11:45-56

“If we allow,” the powers declare. They boom with doom, “If this continues, then other powers will come and take away what’s ours.” They wrap it in the garb of allegiance to state and faith. But at its heart, the reason is quite clear. Their supreme leader...

April 1, 2020

This morning I sat with the question, “What reality am I struggling to accept?” As I let the question find its way into my heart and mind, the list grew and grew. It was overwhelming, yet good to simply confess the losses, fears, and disappointments I’m experiencing.


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...

February 14, 2020

One of my priorities this year is to review our budget. Not my favorite activity. And I sensed my resistance to engage with the task as I kept bumping it off my to-do list day after day. To give you a glimpse into my attitude about money, I recall an assessment I found...

January 9, 2020

This past fall Remy, our sixth grandchild, was born. And now, we will forever mark October 14th as an annual prompt to celebrate him and the miracle of his birth. As significant as the day of his birth, the days and weeks that have followed are equally, if not more, re...

August 10, 2018

A few weeks ago as I was receiving the gift of Sabbath (and dearly in need of it), I had a growing sense that the intent and possibilities of the day had become fuzzy. There likely was a time in history when men and women had fewer options and simpler lives keeping the...

July 27, 2018

This past weekend we hosted a Silent Retreat weekend at Fall Creek Abbey. Five of us, some who knew each other and others who did not settled in for 3 days and 2 nights of s-i-l-e-n-c-e. We began with a meal Friday night to get to know each other a bit, then Beth rang...

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