Invitations on the Journey: Walk with the Saints


Travel in northern New Mexico is a walk with the saints that are so familiar to the communities there that they are almost part of the landscape. Every where one stops–village, fruit stand or plaza, there is at least one commemoration of a saint, primarily those from Scripture, but also from the region, from the [Read More...]

Invitations on the Journey: Wisdom from Elders


On my recent journey, I went nowhere without being reminded of the past–in the topography. in the architecture, in the celebration. A deep thread to my own roots was in the exhibit at the New Mexico Art Museum. Judy Chicago, a heroine of my younger adulthood, had an exhibit there, one part of which celebrated [Read More...]

Invitations on the Journey: Gratitude

When I travel, a list often accompanies me–things to pack, things to see, tastes to try, people to meet. On this last trip, our cry often went up, “We can check this off our list!” However, in the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, there was a room of paintings of doorways of [Read More...]

Leaving It Behind


I am packing to go on a journey—a pilgrimage of sorts, an adventure to discover things I have not seen before. My grand-daughter has created a picture of such a journey for a princess, over mountains and rivers, through canyons with wild weather and unpredictable winds. What does one bring for such a journey? This [Read More...]

Notes from the Mainline: A Reflection on the Mainliner’s Guide to the Post-Denominal World


Notes from the Mainline: A Reflection on The Mainliner’s Survival Guide to the Post-Denominational World As a Christian who has morphed in my spiritual journey from a fundamentalist to an active participant in a mainline congregation, I welcome any perspective that can help me navigate this time of sea change in the Church of the [Read More...]

Finding a Sacred Rhythm: Response to The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski


As a spiritual director, I am always pleased to encounter a book that describes and encourages practices that deepen one’s journey of Spirit. Among seminary students I often found impatience with my stress on the necessity of grounding one’s self in spiritual practice as a starting place for ministry of any kind. One pastor of [Read More...]

Changes of Season

I no longer measure my seasons by external calendars. For most of my life the seasons were spelled out for me by academic calendars, by church calendars, by Big Events happening in the life of people I love. But I no longer have much accountability to those calendars, and where I dwell, the seasonal changes [Read More...]

“Give Me Jesus:” A Reflection on Benjamin L. Corey’s Undiluted


As I read Undiluted by Benjamin L. Corey, I kept hearing an old African-American spiritual in my heart:               Give me Jesus, give me Jesus,               You can have all the rest,               Give me Jesus! This book written with passion and intensity is one that evokes and echoes that longing of Spirit that followers [Read More...]

Blessing–an Active Verb!

I know that I am blessed! Early in my life my younger brother and I were taught to sing in harmony, “Count your blessings, name them one by one!” and most of my life I have been able to, have chosen to do that, with the melody and harmony etched in my heart and soul. [Read More...]

Fragments of Faith

In the chaos of this summer, I have pondered my faith. In the face of the unrelenting roll-out of tragedy after tragedy, grief after grief,  what do I believe that speaks to the moment, that brings help and healing to me and to those around me? What energy do I find in my faith that [Read More...]