Reflections on Advent: Music, Mindfulness, and Movement Week 3 — Real Love

5:00am text messages that read, “please call me, its urgent” are harbingers of unfortunate news, and this one, received on the second week of December was no different. After making the call and finding out the details the heaviness of it all began to sink in. A beloved lay leader in our church, who was [Read More…]

Poverty: Advent Has Its Own Gifts

An argument with the spouse: his small, innocent observation unleashes the ghost of a thousand arguments past, complete with its burden of chains. Marriage is like that sometimes: after two or three decades together, every fight recapitulates all fights. I hate feeling this way: poverty. The end of the semester. The beginning, and for that [Read More…]

Reflections on Advent: Music, Mindfulness, and Movement, Week 2 — Embodying Peace

I had no idea what to expect. As my wife and I began the trek from Berkeley across the bay to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, I was curious and excited. The closer we got on our mass transit journey the more we were surrounded by people, a sense of excitement, and an unspoken [Read More…]