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Light in Darkness: An Advent meditation

Light in Darkness presented at Oregon Interfaith Hub’s Interfaith Winter Service, December 5, 2023 Approx. read time: 1:30 min. Winter comes. Days grow short. Sunlight is precious, and fleeting. The dormancy within mirrors the dormancy of Creation. For Christians, this is the season of Advent, a season of invitation to come close, to approach, to… Read more »

My inheritance

  Approx. read time: 2:30 min In the midst of my senior year of college my father dies, a man shriveled from thirteen years of multiple surgeries to relieve the pressure of a slow-growing inoperable brain tumor. Being away at school, separated from family, I don’t really know how to grieve my way beyond his… Read more »

Which side am I on?

  Approx. read time: 1:45 min. The question rises with each new war, each new armoring up, each new political twist of fate: Which side am I on? The question is unhelpful and, frankly, exhausting.  Taking sides has never solved anything. It only leads to entrenched warfare—verbal, emotional, ideological, or in devastating displays of power… Read more »

Can we learn something new?

    Approx. read time: 2:30 min Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year. I feel exhausted. Exhausted from diminished daylight, sure.  But more, I feel exhausted from the endless news of traumas I do not personally endure. I sense our world has been traveling, like those fleeing for their lives, in a… Read more »

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 »

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