Category Archives: congregational development

Letting go of barriers

When I was a little girl, I remember learning about barriers, most clearly by walking into them.  I remember going to McCrory’s downtown when I was tiny and causing a stir when I tried to drink from a particular water … Continue reading

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The way home.

This afternoon, we have a little down time on our pilgrimage. A number of folks have headed out to various walking destinations in Jerusalem. I have opted to spend some quiet time in my ‘cell.’ In part, this is due … Continue reading

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Bare necessities.

St. Jerome spent more than 30 years translating Holy Scripture into the Vulgate (Latin) so that the word of God could be accessible to ordinary folk. This is a photo of the gate leading down to the small cell where … Continue reading

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The hand of God.

In Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, John Donohue’s description of intimacy speaks of what I have come to know as being present with another.   When he speaks of “intimacy as sacred,”[1] he uses the example of a mystic … Continue reading

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The gift of encouragement.

“I want your voice on my GPS,” my friend Kate remarked a few years ago.  She was driving a group of us to a retreat at Holy Cross Monastery, along the Hudson River. As often happens when traveling “country” roads, … Continue reading

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Gratitude for my St. Francis family

The following is my final sermon at St. Francis.  Thank you Father Michael, Joan, Jackie, Deacon Linda, Kim, Dominique and Jason — and all of you beautiful people.  Thanks to Len and the beloved Glenmoor flock.  Your prayers and love … Continue reading

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Only Jesus.

Suddenly, when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.  As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of … Continue reading

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The face of Christ

God is everywhere. Jesus promises to be with us always. All that is.  This is what God holds in his palm, according to Julian of Norwich. We like statements of certainty that affirm God’s presence and action in our lives, … Continue reading

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When dreaming becomes a contact sport

Marty is interim rector at a small parish in my diocese.  We visited recently and he showed me around, walking me all over the property and pointing out various improvements to the “physical plant.”  He is a dreamer but not … Continue reading

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The challenge of a new thing

This morning’s Daily Office includes Ezra 3:1-13, which describes the beginning of rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem, following the return of Israelites from the Babylonian exile.  In verses 10-13, the new foundation has been laid, and so the people gather … Continue reading

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