Sorting Hats

I awake to a new day, and wonder which hat to wear. At 8 a.m., I don the Homemaker hat in which I make sure that the house is ready for guests. At 8:30 I change into the Advisor hat, helping someone with a writing project. Next in line is the Convener hat which allows [Read More...]

Story Telling


How can I remember the things I have seen, the people I have met, the signs and wonders that I have experiences when I return from a pilgrimage of body and soul? Is there lasting value in being on pilgrimage? Certainly there are photos, postcards, brochures gathered. But the treasures of the journey become more [Read More...]

On Pilgrimage


I am about to leave on a road trip, which I always try to practice as spiritual pilgrimage. My guide to that whole enterprise for many years now has been Phil Cousineau in his book, The Art of Pilgrimage. He says that  a pilgrimage is a “transformative journey to a spiritual center.” This trip is [Read More...]

Blog Body and Spirit Sinew


I am a slow receptor in the worlds of social media and rapid technological evolution. But today with my 40th blog post, I am ready to allow that I have been given new dimensions in my journey of Spirit with my participation in these modes of connection and communication. Writing this blog, receiving responses, interacting [Read More...]

Hills of Difficulty


The figure of a pilgrim has always been intriguing to me since I heard a pastor frame the spiritual experience as pilgrimage rather than arrival. Drawing from the book of Hebrews, he asked the gathered listeners to set out on their future life with God as a pilgrimage, which is always moving forward toward the [Read More...]

Extraordinarily Ordinary


In the Church calendar we are now in Ordinary Time, a long swath of weeks where there are no festivals and major celebrations, at least in most Protestant traditions. So it is time to attend to what Kathleen Norris calls “the quotidian mysteries,” the way we meet and serve the Holy in small, daily encounters. [Read More...]

Out of Practice


Spiritual practices are plentiful. In a wired age we have more choices of methods than we can comprehend, master or even use. The plenitude and variety are a joy to behold, because clearly each one of us is unique and shaped by the location in which we were nurtured and in which we live out [Read More...]