Calling Collaborators

Lunch with the pastor of Grace Community; bringing our worship leaders together to share stories. Meeting with the pastor of Restoration Urban Ministries to plan our next connection points. Tea with a leader from Quest United Methodist to brainstorm for Good Friday Streetfest.  When I read Brian McLaren’s challenge of collaboration, it resonated. Is this

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Take a Look

I got nothin’. In a good way, I think. Silence. Waking up with a quiet mind. Unburdened and empty. Sleep has done its work. Resolved, temporarily, the conundrums of the previous day. But what will I write? What words do I have to share? When the disciples noticed that people were hungry, their answer was

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Dispelling Darkness

So much for sleeping. My thoughts flit disturbingly among heavy feelings of fault. Actions and words recent and far past that I cannot change or take back. Stuck. Darkness within and without. No sense waiting for another alarm. Get up and go seek. Light one candle for the strength that we needTo never become our

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The Path of Peace

Because of our God’s deep compassion,the dawn from heaven will break upon us,to give light to those who are sitting in darknessand in the shadow of death,to guide us on the path of peace.” Luke 1:78-79 (CEB) May we experience God’s deep compassion, witness and walk in the light, and be guided on the path of peace.

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Identity & Authority

“What are you up to, lately?” or “What do you do?” Holiday parties and family gatherings. Meeting new people and catching up with folks we haven’t seen in a while. Often a little awkward. Hopefully fun. Painful at times. How do we define ourselves? By our connections. By what we do. And how do we categorize others? Organize

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consent

When I handed Brian Mustain the scripture readings for Sunday’s service, he glanced at the teaching title and said, “You should have called it The Cascading Consequences of Consent. Alliteration.” “Yes!” I agreed, “The Holy Spirit got consent first.”  I imagined health teachers everywhere instructing youth that the Holy Spirit received consent from the teenage Mary, and

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baby Jesus in a drawer

“Where is Jesus?” Good question; I search the container of jumbled ornaments and nativity pieces. Also my mind and heart. The books from the library with their own answers. Do I feel Jesus? Or see him? Where do I expect to find him? Today’s gospel reading gives one answer. After the Lord Jesus spoke to them, he

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Gifts of Exquisite Beauty

A few weeks back, Lee Ann Kelly shared the article A Home for Holy Odds and Ends, which resonated with us both. May these excerpts and her reflections inspire you to pause, notice, and give thanks. -Renée The writer mother explains their “family altar” of found objects, “I told the boys that God placed special things in their paths —

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Lost & Found

The basket of misplaced items at church overflows. Excellent travel mugs, scarves, reading glasses, an extra large jacket. Do people not miss what they have lost? Or not know where to search?  A friend recounted finding their favorite shorts. The perfect fit, and the shoes to match, had been missing for months. They thought them

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Anxiety and Hope

We sometimes wonder what Interfaith activities do- for our own walk with Jesus, and for our relationships with those around us. Valerie Hoffman shares her experience of The CU Campus/Community Interfaith Exploration: Cultivating Hope in Anxious Times. May her reflection invite your to enter more deeply into your relationship with the Lord. -Renée Since May 2018, I

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