The Questions of Lent: Mindfulness, Repentance, and Transformation


One of my spiritual teachers, Gerald May, describes the spiritual journey in terms of taking time to pause, notice, open, yield and stretch, and respond.  This is good Lenten advice. Lent is about mindfulness and opening to our current reality in all its fullness. A few wise colleagues responded to last week’s Lenten question – [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday in Lent

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Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35 The Quakers have a saying “a way will be made.” A variation of this is the affirmation that “God makes a way where there is no way.” Out of apparent scarcity, abundance emerges. Where there appears to be a dead end, a path appears. When we hit bottom, we [Read More...]

Saving the World One Person at a Time: A Review of Refuse To Do Nothing


Moore and Yim did the remarkable: they heard about slavery and sex trafficking and chose to respond. They recognized that what appeared to be their powerlessness was in fact the seed bed of transformation. [Read more...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Lent

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What are our temptations? What will keep us from following God’s vision for our lives? What good things do we need to defer to achieve greater things? [Read more...]

Practicing a Progressive Lent: Simplicity and Celebration

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I don’t go in very much for penitence. I don’t focus much on sin; its reality is much too obvious and frankly most people emphasize small lapses, too often feeling guilty about small peccadillos, rather than concentrating on the social evils that daily destroy families, lead to violence in schools, and contribute to planetary climate [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Ash Wednesday


Can we remember Ash Wednesday without guilt? Can Lent be an embodied, rather than ascetic season? [Read more...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Transfiguration Sunday


Lectionary Reflections for Transfiguration Sunday – February 10, 2013 Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 4: 28-43 Transfiguration Sunday is a day for poetry, music, dance, delight, strobe lights, light shows, and DVDs and You Tube. Bring your iPads to share. Dazzling whiteness, glory, radiance, shining, brightness. “The world is charged with the grandeur of God. [Read More...]

Love and Salt and the Adventure of Spiritual Friendships


One of my favorite films is 84 Charing Cross Road, the story of the twenty year correspondence of an American woman and a British bookseller. Completely chaste, a type of love emerges over books, shared events, and letters. Although the two correspondents never meet, there is intimacy about their relationship that exceeds that of many [Read More...]

Finding Your Restorative Niche: A Review of Susan Cain’s “Quiet”


I found Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking a great read. Of course, I may be biased. I am an introvert who makes his living moving from the quiet world of reflection and writing to an active life of lectures, retreat leadership, and marketing, not to mention [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

“For we see in a mirror dimly.” This should be the motto for every theologian and lover. When it comes down to it, given the complexity of human experience and the grandeur of the universe, we don’t know much. [Read more...]