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In light of the recent attack on the Capitol, there is conversation among us about finding or working to create unity. This makes sense, but I wonder if we have the understanding, the resources, and the collective will to make this happen. Because religion, so...

My daily spiritual practice is to get up early, make a cup of coffee and to sit with a biblical text, to let it have its way with me.  I keep a journal to help in this task.  Then I pray/chant five Psalms before sitting...

January is always a time of looking backward and forward. Taking stock and setting a fresh path. This seems like especially meaningful work for us this year, doesn’t it? 2020 was a year like no other. We are looking forward, in hope, that 2021 will...

The section of the Book of Isaiah, beginning with chapter 40, from which so much of our Advent and Christmas inspiration comes, is called by many the Book of Consolation. After prophesying judgment and punishment in the first section of this prophetic book, in chapter...

I write this article a week before our national election, as the number of cases of COVID-19 are on the rise to new heights. To say that we are living with uncertainty and anxiety would be an understatement. Will there be post-election chaos as mail-in...

As we enter into October, what is your inner state? What is our collective state? I ask this question not out of some desire for us to measure ourselves and others, to either congratulate or condemn. I ask these questions out of a sense of...

After nearly six months, we will open our doors for worshippers again on Sunday, September 13 at 9:45 AM.  I have spelled out many details about our protocols for reopening in a recent email blast and we will share our protocols in this newsletter—our first...

I have been watching some mother birds interacting with their children recently.  Just this week several babies left the nest, and not all of them were making the transition well.  One almost became cat food, but mom and dad showed up in the nick of...

My brother called me today to vent.  He lives in the suburbs of Atlanta and is moving to Alabama in a few weeks.  Moving is stressful enough, but moving in a pandemic, even more so.  His first grandchild is expected to be born shortly after...

Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is like a hidden treasure or a pearl of great value.  Once found, a wise person will sell everything else to gain this most valuable of all possessions (Matthew 13:44-46).  The changes and uncertainties which have descended upon...