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What does it mean to be a person of faith?

The confirmation project for our last year confirmation student(s) is to work with a mentor to answer and present their own personal answer to one of several proposed questions as they and the mentor … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

“Failing” Lent: Day 18

Breathe. Why is Lent—this time of introspection and growth, this time which is supposed to be about taking time, this time which is supposed to be about stripping away and … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Failing” Lent: Day 17

Monday is a good day. It is a day full of small groups. We have one that meets in the morning and one that meets in the evening. We are … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Failing” Lent: Day 10/11

I think I’m actually on Day 12 of Lent at this point (and as I finish this, day 13). I have fallen behind in my reflections. I kind of figured … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 6 Comments

“Failing” Lent: Day 9

For months now, I have been struggling with being tired. Really tired. The kind of tiredness that seems to have seeped into my bones. Of course, I’m incredibly stubborn, so … Continue reading

February 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

“Failing” Lent: Day 7&8

I want to talk a little more about the labyrinth. On Wednesday, I spent most of the day crawling around on the floor to tape all the tiny little blue … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

“Failing” Lent: Day 6

There are hundreds and hundreds of little tiny irregular blue dots all over the floor in the fellowship hall at Salem. At certain angles, they look randomly placed as though … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

“Failing” Lent: Day 5

I sat down to write last night and stared at the screen. I finally gave up and went to bed. It had been a good and busy day, but I … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · 7 Comments

“Failing” Lent: Day 4

This morning my devotion turned out to be looking out the window. I was supposed to read something, but this was all I got to. It was all I really … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

“Failing” at Lent: Day 3

Today was my first “fast” day.  It had been a long time since I had fasted last—mostly, I stopped when I started having food issues (I developed an intolerance to … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

“Failing” at Lent: Day 2

Today, I have nothing much to report about “messing up” per se, so I thought I’d talk about my experience of busy-ness.  I noticed it today—especially this morning as I … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 7 Comments

Failing at Lent: Day 1

As of today, February 13,2013, the season of Lent has begun yet again.  Lent is my favorite season of the year, and I have marked it’s passing in numerous different … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Mystery that is Grace

The texts for January 6, 2013 (Epiphany Day): Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3: 1-12; and Matthew 2:1-12 “Although I am the very least of all the saints, … Continue reading

January 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Doubt

This reflection was preached for the Longest Night service, December 21, 2012. This service is meant to be a service of prayer, healing, and space for sorrow amid a generally … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Praying for Transformation

The texts for Sunday, December 9,2012 (Advent 2C): Baruch 5:1–9; Luke 1:68–79; Philippians 1:3–11; and Luke 3:1–6. “Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem, and put … Continue reading

December 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Power of Hope

The texts for Sunday, December 2, 2012 (Advent 1C): Jeremiah 33:14–16; Psalm 25:1–10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9–13; and Luke 21:25–36 “Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and … Continue reading

December 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Habit of the heart

The texts for Sunday, November 11, 2012 (Lectionary 32): 1 Kings 17:8–16; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24–28; and Mark 12:38–44 Did you know that giving is a habit of the heart? … Continue reading

November 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

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