Media vita in morte sumus—Antiphon, ca. 750, probably from France. That antiphon translates “In the midst of life, we are in death.” It appears in the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church as well as in Latin liturgies. It was part of the “Committal Service for One Who Has Lived Apart from the […]Read More Pastoring from the Midst of Death
During the RCA General Synod, I posted to this blog about being calm and conciliatory, about looking at the long view of history and the mighty acts of God in the face of what some saw as frustrating nonsense going on at the Synod. Last week, I posted pastorally, about the need to be patient […]Read More Time to Say “Enough”
Friday, 26 June 2015, was a wonderful day for many people I know, love, and respect. The Supreme Court of the United States declared laws prohibiting same-sex marriage in the US to be unconstitutional. People who have been socially outcast have another public sign that this discrimination is not acceptable. Now, we can argue, from […]Read More Why I’m Not Yet Wearing a Rainbow
Our pastor had just finished up his sermon on falling – on admitting we are powerless and broken – when my son dropped his entire cup of hot chocolate on the church carpet (and my new shoes). I had just heard, written down, and whispered, “Amen” to these words: “Instead of the safest place to […]Read More Hot Chocolate and Other Messes
On 21 April, jurors in Boston will decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, who has been convicted in his role in the Boston Marathon bombing two years ago. He is subject to the death penalty, and, a bit over a week ago, on the Comedy Central series “The Nightly Show,” host Larry Wilmore spoke of […]Read More Capital Punishment at Eastertide
I saw a picture of children praying. They were kneeling down, some of them with their faces to the ground and others with their faces to the sky. The expression on each face was filled with expectation and longing. Beneath the photo, I saw a comment: “I wish religious people would stop indoctrinating their children!” […]Read More Is Teaching Kids about Faith Indoctrination?
Christ arose… so now what? The blaring organ processional of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” has finally stopped ringing in your ears. The last scraps of Easter ham have been tucked away into sandwiches, and the dog finally found that last Easter egg out in the lawn… and did you the courtesy of trampling […]Read More Christ arose… so now what…?
All the cacophony: traffic in and out of the city; crying tourist babies, hushing tourist parents; troops changing the guard, marching, shuffling, barking (after all, a show of force keeps things safe); deliveries, the wheels groaning under the cargo as everybody tries to be done with work before sunset. The hucksters are hawking wares (of […]Read More Good Friday, 2015
Around my grandma’s worn, oak table, my favorite stories are told. The ones as familiar as my childhood. The lines that have been repeated so many times I know when they are coming around the corner, can anticipate just when the laughter will follow. Around an unfamiliar table in Switzerland, I was the au pair, a […]Read More The Table: A Maundy Thursday Reflection
Isn’t it lifeless? Isn’t it broken-down rock, dust with some moisture? Hasn’t it been trapped, under ice and snow all this time, under underfoot? How can it be warm, have an odor, be . . . vibrant? Does this have some life? Can life be breathed in? Can it give life to this seed, cold, […]Read More Lent 5, 2015