Forgiving Collateral Damage-III

(Continued from the last two posts) So for the person of faith, after the damage comes forgiveness! For Christians it is part of , if not the central message: God in Christ has forgiven all we have done–past, present, future, and we are to do the same. It is called Grace!  But how do I, [Read More...]

Collateral Damage II

I am finding it hard to be writing about the collateral pain that occurs when leaders in the Church betray trust, even though I have been living with its effects in my own soul for for 25 years. But as I wrote last week (see previous post), it has pushed me to wrestle with my [Read More...]

On Collateral Damage from Clergy Misconduct–I

  In my 25 years in active ministry, clergy misconduct occurred in 3 out of my 4 calls. What the participants  had in common was: -an unwillingness or inability to be self-reflective                                               [Read More...]

Breathing!

It’s the day to take a Big Breath: PENTECOST! Jesus breathed on them and said to them,”Receive the Holy Spirit.”               John 20:22 I am ready for fresh breathing, new winds, brisk energy. The practices and disciplines of Lent and Eastertide have made demands on my awareness and behavior. [Read More...]

To Complete the Joy

The Resurrection is just the beginning!  Joy comes for the disciples of Jesus when they discover that he is risen, but he has told them that they will need to be the ones who bring that new reality to the world. Last Sunday’s gospel lesson from John reminds us the he has laid it out [Read More...]

Mothers Who Do Everything

  I am sending a shout out to those who have been formed in Spirit by mothering, and faithfully pass it on by the way they practice mothering! There may be no more active and steadfast facilitators of resurrection and new life than those who accept the calling of mothering and inhabit it, not only [Read More...]

Practicing Resurrection

Wendell Berry makes me sit right up in my chair when he writes! In this season when I am listening hard for signs of Easter, his words from The Mad Farmer’s Almanac are really provocative: So friends, each day do something That won’t compute. Love the Lord. Love the world. Work for nothing… Ask the [Read More...]

Renewing the World!

It has been hard this week to ferret out the audible signs of Resurrection! People I love are in pain from illness, loss, and grief. The Big Picture–world peace! political fragmentation! callous indifference to pain and oppression! systemic dysfunction and venality!– leaves my eyes “astygmatized,” my ears straining, when I am searching for new life and [Read More...]

Easter Listening

The walking I did for my Lenten practice opened my ears. I heard such different things depending on where and when I walked. (And I am walking still!) Bird songs were amazing in their variety and cadence. Wind rushes ebbed and flowed, seeming to be in sync with the the clouds and the sun.  And [Read More...]

Quiet Eastertide

Lent was very intense for me–great attention to practices, increased awareness of the suffering of the world, ongoing wrestling with what this walking in faithfulness to Jesus means. It is a grace to have completed that part of the journey for this year, and have a silent Holy Saturday to ponder in anticipation of what new [Read More...]


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