A Prayer for the End of the Year

Holy and Sacred Source of All, We are tired. Teachers and classroom aides and principals are tired from a 10-month marathon, helping young minds prepare for what’s next….and the young minds being prepared are tired, too, of cramming so much knowledge into so seemingly small a space. Clergy and lay leaders are tired from a similar …

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Remembrances on Maundy Thursday

“Take this bread, broken as my body is broken…eat this, in remembrance of me…” Eat this, in remembrance of Jesus, a teacher, a pastor, a radical, a beloved son whose body was broken by a system that could not bear his truths. Eat this, in remembrance of Sharon, the coworker whose body was broken one …

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Dangerous Prayers

Deliver us, O Truth, O Love, from quiet prayer from polite and politically correct language, from appropriate gesture and form and whatever else we think we must put forth to invoke or to praise You. Let us instead pray dangerously – wantonly, lustily, passionately. Let us demand with every ounce of our strength, let us …

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I didn’t know what to say then.

This is a post I should have written a month ago, when Rev. Jennifer Slade took her life – a beautiful, brilliant, humanity-affirming life. Her death was shocking and jarring. But I didn’t write then, perhaps because while she was a colleague, I didn’t know her personally and didn’t know how to parse it. I didn’t know …

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Thankful.

Today, on this national day of Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for My nephew Tom’s continuing recovery and his now home with the ‘rents. The many hours in the kitchen with Mom learning her methods and recipes – they keep her with me. A growing and focusing sense of purpose. My crazy, devoted, outrageous, loving …

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Reflections on September 11

The following remarks were delivered at the Time of Remembrance and Renewal at the Round Lake Auditorium on the evening of September 11, 2011.   We gather here today, in our community, among friends and neighbors, to mark perhaps the most momentous event in our collective memory. We gather to remember those who lost their lives, to …

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Awesome

Oh Creator God, I live in a state of awe. I am in awe of the new friends I have met, who have such wisdom and insight to share. I am in awe of the technology that allows me to connect to these new friends – to find people all over the world who have a …

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It Is Well With My Soul

A conversation on Twitter just reminded me of the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul”… and I remembered that I rewrote the lyrics a couple of years ago. We had held a “check your theology at the door” hymn sing at the church, and we had a blast singing “Just As I Am” and …

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A Good Kind of Sad

In just over two weeks, I head down to the city to begin orientation at Union Theological Seminary. It’s been so far away for so long, it is surprising to realize how close it is now. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been resigning positions on boards, finishing terms on committees, closing up projects, generally …

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Today I Purpose to Live

A beautiful prayer by Michael John Faciane – I wish I’d written it. Today I purpose to live My life will shine As the morning sings I walk in liberty Bound in true dreams Manifested promises Chase my forward motion A covered path before me The fruits of my hoping The fruits of my living Today …

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A Prayer for Labor Day

Oh divine spirit,      You who bless us with the gifts of love and compassion, tears and laughter,     You who shows us beauty and truth in all that is seen and unseen, We thank you for the gift of work. You have given us the desire, nay, the need, to act –     To grow plants …

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