Milkweed and the fertile days of Autumn

I’m aware of milkweed.It began about a dozen years ago. It was a glorious Summer. But Spring had brought less than happy news: The monarch population was dipping precipitously, in part due to loss of migration habitat, in part due to pesticides. The prior year, 2004, had seen an all-time low.So as the milkweed on… Continue reading Milkweed and the fertile days of Autumn

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“Quick! Be Spiritual!”

My life has been a bit overfull of late. Some events were extraordinarily challenging, and others bordered on ecstatic. Really. Almost everything was on one end of the spectrum or the other. And I was not as on top of my calendar as I should have been. So when Tim, the editor of this illustrious… Continue reading “Quick! Be Spiritual!”

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Honor your mother… Earth

“Honor your father and mother,” is the first part of the Fifth Commandment. In our hasty recollections, we might find ourselves forgetting the second part: “So that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” This past Sunday was Earth Day,… Continue reading Honor your mother… Earth


“Cardinal’s plan for laypeople to lead parishes”

For those of us who uphold the centrality of the Eucharist, this still has issues (the phenomenon of circuit riding priests for Mass) but it is definitely a move in the right direction. --TSV "Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced plans to allow laypeople in his Archdiocese of Munich to lead parishes where there are no… Continue reading “Cardinal’s plan for laypeople to lead parishes”


Irish Blessing for St. Patrick’s Day

Beannacht / Blessing by John O’DonahueOn the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to balance you. And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window and the ghost of loss gets in to you, may a flock of colours, indigo, red, green, and azure blue come… Continue reading Irish Blessing for St. Patrick’s Day


Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Every Lent, I think of this amazing poem by Wendell Berry. It seems even more relevant given the times in which we live. Enjoy! Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything ready-made. Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die. And… Continue reading Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front


White Privilege: Let’s Talk

The United Church of Christ curriculum, "White Privilege: Let’s talk. A Resource for Transformational Dialogue" is now available as an online curriculum at The Center for Progressive Renewal. It includes an online discussion board and access to a webinar series from June 2016  featuring authors of the curriculum, John Dorhauer, Traci Blackmon, DaVita McAllister, Stephen G. Ray,… Continue reading White Privilege: Let’s Talk


Lent inspiration from Fr. Ed Foley

        Ars Praedicandi: Ed Foley’s Homily for the First Sunday of Lent, Year A   by Fr. Ed Foley, Capuchin.  At this stage of the season at this stage of the liturgy it is an exercise in the obvious to announce that it is Lent … If we don’t know that from the music,… Continue reading Lent inspiration from Fr. Ed Foley


TSV March “Voice in the Wilderness” Awardee: Cardinal Tobin

"Several dozen clergy members marched toward a federal building in Newark in support of a man facing possible deportation. "Clergy including Cardinal Joseph Tobin, leader of New Jersey's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, led a rally for supporters of Catalino Guerrero on Friday morning along with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez." Read more in the America article.