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Practicing Stillness

01 Feb, 2021


A new student arrives at the monastery and says to the Abbot, “I want to join. How long is it going to take me to be enlightened?” And the Abbot says; “Ten years.” Student, “Well, what if I work twice as hard?” “Twenty years.” “Well, wait a...

Finding Wisdom in Stillness

25 Jan, 2021


Elijah was one of the greatest OT prophets, known for his wisdom and power, but Elijah got himself in a bit of trouble after executing 450 prophets of the Canaanite God Ba’al. Specifically, he got in trouble with Queen Jezebel, wife of King...

Stillness Within

18 Jan, 2021


This message begins a three part series on stillness , which is not to be confused with not moving. Spiritually speaking, stillness – inner stillness which feels like inner peace – is something much different. It is often cultivated by non-...

The Energy of New Beginnings

11 Jan, 2021


I like the new year! It’s one of those beginnings that invites excitement. It’s a little odd, because there really isn’t any huge difference between one day and the next. Yet, there is something energetically attractive about ringing out the...

Welcoming Love

21 Dec, 2020


When the Holy Child is born into our hearts There is a rain of stars A rushing of angels A blaze of candles This God burst into our lives. Love is running through the streets. ~ "Godburst" by Ann Weems Traditionally, the last week in Advent is...

Make Straight the Way

14 Dec, 2020


In the Gospel of John, known for its mystical language, John the Baptist describes the One who is coming as Light, as one who is at God’s side. I understand it to mean that Jesus was so connected to the Divine as to be filled with the Light and...

Holy Disruptions

07 Dec, 2020


This week I discovered that the story of Gabriel's visit to Zechariah and his subsequent loss of speech in Luke 1, is not in any lectionary cycle, and hardly any authors talk about it. The story of Zechariah getting his voice back when he names...

Radical Hope

30 Nov, 2020


To journey without being changed is to be a nomad. To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and to be transformed by the journey is to be a pilgrim. (Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening ) Ready or not, here we are at the...

Healing the World

23 Nov, 2020


Jewish tradition tells us that healing the world is an imperative - it is our calling, our purpose even, to collect the shards of light from all over and within creation, and piece it back together little by little. This is a difficult concept...

Being a Wounded Healer

16 Nov, 2020


Richard Rohr teaches, “we don’t seek spiritual awareness to help escape the pain of the world, but to gain the capacity to feel the pain and live in solidarity with it.” We’d all like to escape the pain and suffering in life. And, I suspect...

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