While I was in college, I asked Philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff if I could sit in on his liturgy class. I knew I didn’t have time to do the homework, but still wanted to peek in on what he was teaching. He let me! And it was wonderful. We learned about Orthodox liturgy, in particular, and […]Read More Open Table
Today is Earth Day. Originally observed in 1970, Earth Day marked the beginnings of the Environmental movement in America. Some really good things came from the original Earth Day. As awareness was raised, it led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, passages of the Clean Air Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species […]Read More Earth Day at 45 years old
In 2001, my college communications professor angered the class by assigning a research paper and then forbidding the use of the internet as a research tool. She told us we had to find our information…at the library. Even though many of us were juniors in college and had lived on campus for three years, I […]Read More We Don’t Even Know We’re Missing It
There has been a secessionist impulse running throughout particular parts of my denomination, the Reformed Church in America, as of late. There is a variety of reasons offered for this, but the prevailing one is the differing perspectives on human sexuality. Secession is nothing new, and in our Book of Church Order there is a […]Read More Secessionist Impulses in the Reformed Church: A Historical Lesson
The church in the United States is in decline. There is nothing particularly earth-shattering about this. It is reported nearly everywhere on a regular basis. In my corner of the Bible-belt, the reasoning that is often given for this is the increasing cultural secularization and pluralization. This, of course, likely has something to do with […]Read More The Corporate Captivity of the Church
There has been a lot of online bemoaning and complaining and analysis recently about the decline of the Christian church in the northern hemisphere. Whether it is the rise of the “Nones,” the popularity of Sports culture, the fact that people no longer feel obligated to attend worship every single week, or the changing demographic […]Read More Burning Man – Funeral pyre for the Church?
I’ve been pondering about community. Shocker I know being a person called to ministry and who is a nurse, and an Ethics Fellow, and an educator. Community- a word, concept, reality –that has so many different meanings for each person I encounter. Up until a few years ago, (well before seminary) I never really paid […]Read More Meandering and Pondering…….
The smells of beef and onions, cilantro and salsa waft through the air. The sound of conversation and laughter fills the back yard on this cool summer night as dozens of people sit at a single long table sharing food and life. It is a community gathering to celebrate the upcoming birth of yet another […]Read More The Family Table
If your religious experience has been anything like mine, perhaps you grew up with an image of “Sabbath” like the one this cartoon is poking a little fun at. But the rules I was raised with for “keeping Sabbath” seemed arbitrary and often left me feeling board and wrestles rather than rested. Both versions of […]Read More Sabbath
I was feeling particularly proud of myself today because I had the marvelous idea to take my spiritual direction client to a beautiful outdoor labyrinth at a church nearby. Assuming that she, a stay at home mom living in a religiously conservative area of west Michigan, had never been to a labyrinth before I was […]Read More Living Life on the Labyrinth