When a relationship ends, there is always sadness and grief.

Dear Members and Friends, Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.  -George Eliot, 19th century When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.               -C. S. Lewis, 20th century When a relationship ends, there is always sadness and grief.  […]

We move through life and often wonder if we have had any positive impact on the world around us, or on anyone’s life.

Dear Members and Friends, … Which causes me to wonder, my own purpose on so many days as humble as the spider’s, what is beautiful that I make? What is elegant? What feeds the world?                 -Louise Erdrich, 21st century If through [someone]’s life there is a little more love […]

Happy Birthday! This Sunday is the celebration of Pentecost, the day we remember the Holy Spirit of God being poured out upon…

Dear Members and Friends, I am the product of many whose lives have touched mine, from the famous, distinguished, and powerful to the little known and the poor.  -Dorothy Height, 20th century Happy Birthday!  It is a few days early, but this Sunday is the celebration of Pentecost, the day we remember the Holy Spirit of […]

Not everyone might be a mother as a noun, but everyone can have the qualities of a good mother.

Dear Members and Friends, Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone,  it has to be made, like bread;  remade all the time, made new. -Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Lathe of Heaven”, 20th century This Sunday is Mother’s Day.  It actually is not a special day on the Church calendar, but it is, for many, […]

To stay alive, memories need to be told and re-told, and they, too, can hold wisdom for the present and the future.

Dear Members and Friends, And now we welcome the new year.  Full of things that have never been. -Rainer Maria Rilke, 20th century Simplifying and De-cluttering our lives are all the rage lately.  Beyond dealing with the great accumulation of “stuff” which most of us gather during our lifetimes there are even suggestions for applying this discipline to broader […]

This Sunday we will be blessing our pets. It is vitally important that we remember how connected we are to the wider creation.

Dear Members and Friends, If you don’t know where you are, you probably don’t know who you are. -Ralph Ellison, “Invisible Man” We won’t save a place we don’t love; we won’t love a place we don’t know; and we can’t know a place we haven’t learned -Baba Dioum, Senegalese environmentalist, 1968 Earth Day was […]

What would it mean to be “fully present with a singularly attentive mind?”

Dear Members and Friends, How should one live?  Live welcoming to all. -Mechthild of Magdeburg, 13th century Christian mystic It sounds so easy, doesn’t it?  Sort of like, “What is the greatest commandment? Love God and love your neighbor.”  It sounds easy, and yet when you really begin to look at the implications and the application, these […]

While we know Easter to be a season of new life and resurrection, we don’t often stop to think about the truth that for there to be resurrection and new life there must be change!

Dear Members and Friends, When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.  -Lao Tzu, 6th century BCE We are only in the third week of Easter.  While we know Easter to be a season of new life and resurrection, we don’t often stop to think about the truth that for […]