"Could conflict transformation skills be used to heal the growing political rift in this nation?" an Elder asked when I had offered to teach such a class designed for church conflict. A recent University of Michigan study of the US House of Representatives and Senate shows that political polarization has become worse over the past… Continue reading May 26 – Leaves for Healing
Imagine if for the fifty days between Easter and Pentecost that Christians would live each day as if they already live in the New Jerusalem that John writes about in the closing chapters of Revelation. Of course Christians are called to live everyday showing their allegiance to the Lord. But if during Lent we strive… Continue reading May 19 – Living in the New Jerusalem
This Sunday we honor those servants of God whom we call mothers, those who have and those who continue to nurture us in the presence of the winds of life. Mother's Day has a complicated history, perhaps contributing to confusion of where that apostrophe belongs. Although maternal sacrifices have been a central honor of this… Continue reading May 12 – Resurrected Life
Have you heard a story about who gets into heaven? The amusing ones frequently play on the idea of seeing an unexpected person in heaven. The people who first read the Revelation of John were being persecuted by those in power. Those early Christians, mostly recently converted Jews, may have been longing for the Lion… Continue reading May 5 – You? Here?
Where have you worshiped? In my various roles in the church I have visited a wide variety of congregations. Visiting a very large congregation and sitting a pew towards the back of the sanctuary, worship felt as if it happened on the stage for the congregation to watch. The entire service was well polished and professional.… Continue reading One in Worship
I still remember the year when I lit candles for my parents on All Saints Sunday. My father had died a few years earlier and several months had passed since my mother's death. I was fine until I picked up two candles from the basket, clutching them close together as I lit them simultaneously and… Continue reading Who Are They?
I still enjoy receiving a paper calendar, seeing the pages and rows of blank unsullied squares each ready to receive opportunities to meet with people and to advance the kingdom of heaven. Those fresh new pages remind me of the gift of God's grace, coming to us fresh each day. This reminder of not merely… Continue reading Tomorrowland
If I put a carefully wrapped gift on your front step and you carefully step over it or perhaps nudge it aside, or worse put it in the trash, is it still a gift? Mothers have given us the gift of life, perhaps nurtured us for most of our lives, this gift we had no… Continue reading A Gift to Take