On Being a Person of Faith — And Being Seen

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“Love has come again, like wheat arising green.” A reflection for Easter

“Now the green blade rises, from the buried grain…” “Now the green blade rises, from the buried grain…” The great Episcopal preacher Barbara Brown Taylor writes, “Resurrection is always announced with Easter lilies, the sound of trumpets, bright streaming light.  But,” she insists, “it did not happen that way.  If it happened in a cave,… Continue reading “Love has come again, like wheat arising green.” A reflection for Easter

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Prayer and Fasting — and Us.

Prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These are the themes of the holy season of Lent, the 40  days in which Christians prepare for the great feast of Easter, the holiest day of the church calendar year. But these practices are not exclusive to Christians. Fasting can be found in just about every great faith tradition, including… Continue reading Prayer and Fasting — and Us.

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Being Light and Seeing Light: A Winter Solstice Reflection

Thursday, December 21, 2017    Tonight is the Winter Solstice – the moment that the Northern hemisphere is tilted farthest from the sun, producing the longest night of the year. It’s not surprising that many festivals of light – Advent, Hannukah, Kwanzaa – are celebrated at the time of year in which we are plunged… Continue reading Being Light and Seeing Light: A Winter Solstice Reflection

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Be Watchful! Stay Awake!

In my social justice work, I've noticed people using a word in a way that wasn't part of my vocabulary. Some communities refer to people who seem to actually "get" the challenge that's present and the action that needs to be taken as "woke." As in, that person is "woke"; he/she realizes what's happening; what… Continue reading Be Watchful! Stay Awake!

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“Love your neighbor…” Says just about everybody.

Almost every religion and ethical system on this beautiful shared planet of ours has love for one’s neighbor as a centerpiece.  The great sage of the Talmud, Rabbi Hillel, was approached by a gentile who wanted to convert to Judaism. The man explained that he would accept Judaism only if the Rabbi could teach him… Continue reading “Love your neighbor…” Says just about everybody.

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Who’s My Neighbor?

This Sunday (which happens to be the day that the U.S. will commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation) we'll hear Jesus challenged, yet again, by the Pharisees. "What's the greatest commandment?" they ask. He responds echoing the words of the great Rabbi Hillel: There are two great commandments. Love God, and love your neighbor… Continue reading Who’s My Neighbor?

Noteworthy

“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”

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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