Zen and the Art of General Synod

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” –John 3:8 I walked the campus of Central College with the spirit of my grandmother this morning, all the while praying to God. […]

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Beautiful Are the Feet

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? It was my big brother who started me worrying about my feet. I trained as a ballerina throughout my childhood and there was a period, […]

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Let’s Go For a Walk

“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel  Do you think Jesus took those […]

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I Remember, I Believe

Following my recent sabbatical and the opportunity to connect deeply with folks I love and folks who love me, I’m reminded that faith is a group effort. Someone helped us get it, and many folks help us keep it. I remember a challenging period in college more than 25 years ago. I was in near […]

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I am waiting for the subway, to take me to the church office. On this snowy December morning, I am waiting for springtime and sunshine to return to the earth. I am waiting, for the unemployed in my community, to get back to work. Waiting for New York City to fix our broken school system. […]

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Make Room

The Genesis accounts of creation provide two distinct understandings of the creative God.  The first, in chapter 1-2:4, with its orderly rhythm, suggests a creator God in complete control – a God whose artistic vision is perfectly executed with exacting detail and mastery over materials. This God manages the entire process without outside help or […]

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