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To feel at ease in a wounded world

Approx. read time: 3:00 min   This morning, riding up the McKenzie River corridor, I look out the window at the fast-passing scenery. All I see is a wash of every imaginable shade of green. Lush green, with the river running fast, and pretty high, alongside the two-lane highway.  I sense my self beginning to… Read more »

Consider the Wolf of Gubbio

  Approx. read time: 3:35 min. This week a U.S. Congressmember acknowledges, of the aggressions in Ukraine, that the United States essentially is at war with another nuclear superpower. “And it’s important that we win.” I was not ready to have my heart and my attention seized by this long-distance bloodbath, which now suddenly feels… Read more »

I stand with the nonviolent Jesus

Approx. read time: 3:30 min.   In 7th grade I pretty much understood that I wasn’t into delivering the counterpunch. This was after I got dissed off the volleyball team. I don’t mean the school’s competitive team. I mean the one that formed at recess. The counsel I received? If they bully you, you bully… Read more »

My Epiphany message to you: Stay true to your assignments

Read time: Approx. 2:00 minutes The brilliant and encouraging image of Epiphany, which church celebrates on January 6th, is that beautiful star in the night sky, guiding the Wise Ones, the Wisdom Seekers, to the place where a newborn Infant and Family will be found. These Wisdom Seekers trust the bright light to guide them… Read more »

Be a center of peace

Approx. read time: 2:15 min.   I glance at the clock on the wall across the room. It tells me we’re already a couple of hours into the new year. It’s a bitter cold night, and I mark this turning of the year in the Exhibition Hall at the County Fairgrounds. The Exhibition Hall is… Read more »

Five disciplines of readiness for our times

  Approx. 6:30 min. I feel exhausted, from a long hot summer. Exhausted from the Delta surge. Exhausted from outsized weather events. Exhausted from news of countries blowing up, caving in, shaking down, falling apart. Exhausted from news of devastated landscapes, raging wildfires, earth-ripping rains, vast arid wastelands, desiccated waterways, dead fish, dead birds, dead… Read more »

Pax et bonum. Peace and all good.

Approx. read time: 2:35 min. It’s hot. I just wish summer were over. And it’s bone dry. I wish the rains would come. Smoke from wildfires somewhere, everywhere, chokes the upper end of the valley. The nearby Coburg hills are long-distance blue. But I’ve got deeper aches in my heart right now. I watch Afghanistan… Read more »

How I pray in times of trouble

Approx. read time: 1:55 min. I’m deleting a lot of emails these days. Dropping scheduled webinars from my calendar. Dialing down the newscasts. Turning off the radio in my head. Not because I don’t care about the pandemic, or elections, the economy, chronic hunger, where the church is headed, nor any of the other concerns… Read more »

My resilience statement

Approx. read time: 2:30 min. In this unrehearsed season which rattles every aspect of life, I share with you my practices and commitments, in the hope that they will inspire you to fortify your own interior resilience. My practices I pray, intercede, and give thanks daily, as I always do I practice prudent health and… Read more »

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