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Dear Members and Friends, I was not trained as a poet.  I’ve never taken poetry lessons.  I’ve never had workshops.  Nobody taught me anything, really much.  But I think that we’re beginning to remember that the first poets didn’t come out of a classroom, that poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or […]

On All Saints we affirm that every life bears the image of God.

Dear Members and Friends, November 1st, the veil thinner, and we remember  those who’ve gone to the other side.  Don’t worry,  I say, I’ll be there soon.  But for now, I mark the presence  of their absence, an ache in the throat, a finger  of memory’s pulse.  Light candles to keep out the dark,  to […]

There is a story, apocryphal I am sure, about a wife who went to a therapist in tears.

If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar.  If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see?  The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people.  You’ve […]

Jesus calls us to resist cultural pressure.

Dear Members and Friends, There are two ways to get enough.  One is to continue to accumulate more and more.  The other is to desire less.                   -G. K. Chesterton, 20th century The best things in life aren’t things.                  -Art Buchwald, 20th century Each of us have choices to make when it comes to how we use our […]

Journey to Generosity: The Way of Jesus.

Dear Members and Friends, Love is sacrifice.  Love sacrifices itself for its neighbor. -Thaddeus of Vitovnica, 20th century Journey to Generosity: The Way of Jesus. We have begun our Season of Stewardship and embarked on a journey to generosity.  When we follow the way of Jesus, we follow a path that leads to a generous way of […]

58 people gunned down while attending a Country music festival! There really are no words to offer.

As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true.  As long as one child is hungry, our life will be filled with anguish and shame.  What all these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices […]

“I’m always asking God for a searchlight. But, instead, God gives me a penlight.”

Dear Members and Friends, I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing Light of your own Being. -Hafiz, 14th century Searchlights and Penlights was the theme of Martin Copenhaver’s Still-speaking e-devotional this past week.  He opened the reflection by sharing a quote from Sister Helen Prejean, “I’m always asking God for […]

Hurricane Irma Check List

Hurricane Basics What Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. These large storms are called typhoons in the North Pacific Ocean and cyclones in other parts of the world. Where […]