I was placing an office supplies order at work and searching through available items to help some of the family members of our hospital patients pass the time while in crisis. I came across a ready-made box titled “Thoughts and Prayers.” What an incredibly handy item to be able to order! I checked the contents: […]Read More Thoughts and Prayers in a Box
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
Last week’s lectionary passage (1 Samuel 3:1-10), and this week’s Gospel reading (Mark 1:14-20) share the common theme of God unexpectedly calling people. When God called Samuel in the temple, Samuel was just a boy. I imagine he was about 8 or 9 years old. He had been dedicated to the Lord by his mother […]Read More God’s Unexpected Call
Epiphany by Dick Phillips Epiphany (noun) a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way. When I was 10, I wanted to be an acolyte in my church. I desperately wanted to carry the brass candle lighter down the aisle (in the “procession!”) wear the little alb, […]Read More A Personal Epiphany
By Susan Hetrick I was thinking this week about what it means to be “Reformed, and Always Reforming.” For some reason, a joke popped into my head: A middle aged woman has a heart attack and is taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she has a near death experience. During that experience […]Read More Always Reforming or Unrecognizable?
Yesterday, Facebook telegraphed the news that the Reformed Church in America is creeping forward in its long process of embracing women’s spiritual gifts. By the approval of a majority of local classis, the elimination of the “Conscience Clause” will come before General Synod for final approval. This provision has allowed those opposing women’s ordination to […]Read More Change