Preacher Woman

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This week I remember and celebrate the 30th anniversary of my ordination to the Ministry of Word And Sacrament, which is what we called it in those days.  In some ways no one could have been more surprised than I was, because I was not formed in a tradition that believed in or supported the [Read More...]

Mapping Our Lives: Reviewing “The Geography of Memory”

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In my reading one of my beloved teachers-from-books, Joyce Rupp, I find these words in her Names for God: You never stop teaching us through the story of our lives and the heritage of our world (entry for Sept. 16). This is the underlying gift of Jeanne Murray Walker’s new book The Geography of Memory: [Read More...]

Atchison Blue: A Book Review

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The quest for a place of Spirit and a community of sacred conversation is a hot topic among those with whom I talk these days. Denominations seem to be coming apart at the seams; old practices no longer have the power that they once did, and the thread of the question is “Where do I [Read More...]

How the Light Gets In

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My “summer” ended with my reading the long-awaited publication of the Louise Penny mystery, How the Light Gets In.  With great skill the author claims the chorus from Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem” as the metaphor for the way that humans keep working for good, despite our fragility and brokenness:                          Ring the bells that still can [Read More...]

Morning Glory Season

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The culture is in its annual Ramping Up Season frenzy: Fantasy Football, Blessing of the Backpacks, Back to School Sales, Homecoming Sunday, recipes for Fall (now that the season or berries, cherries and peaches is over). None of those seasons shape my life currently. Nor does the weather in Southern California; the textbook seasons seem [Read More...]

Spiritual Companion: A Creature Wide and Small

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Here in mid-August I have been left behind by my nearby and family and friends who are off adventuring, and have been entrusted with the care of Linus, my 11 year old  grand-dog. I learned to love dogs in the early years of my marriage, but those dogs were all beautifully long, leggy and adventurous, [Read More...]

Pray As you Can, Not As You Can’t

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I am some one for whom prayer is an organic practice. I continue to teach people how to pray. Yet in these past weeks, I have been stopped short by my body, and my mind and spirit have come tumbling after. I am participating with health care givers in my healing of back and leg [Read More...]

Acquainted with Sorrow

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Since my summer practice is to be present, I cannot avoid being present to the pain and sorrow that come into my  awareness. This week, my heart was broken first for the families of the two teenage girls from China, having sent their daughters off for an enriching and spiritually deepening experience in the United [Read More...]

Talking the Talk

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A gift of summer that comes to me is leisurely time for sacred conversation.  In the altered pace of life in summer, there seem to be more opportunities for a piece of those endless talks that might be a turning point or a moment of “aha” in the spiritual journey, just because the schedule has [Read More...]

Celebrating a Place in the Band

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I visited another city this week, attended a church of another denomination for worship. Among, and maybe central, to the joy of the experience, was worshiping with the leadership of a clergywoman decades younger than I am, who was full of Spirit–energy, imagination, gifts and a sense of the Holy. As I watched and listened [Read More...]


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