It is hard for me to believe that Advent is upon us—especially with the news of so many terrorist attacks in the past weeks. I find I am looking forward to this time of year even more, in light of the horrors of the world, because of its focus on the Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ. Were it not for our belief in the Incarnation, I would not be … Continue reading →
Hudson River Presbytery has begun a monthly “Pastors’ Sabbath” at Holmes Camp and Conference center. It’s 24 hours in the woods of Putnam County, a time for pastors to decompress and spend time with God. I went last week, and came back so refreshed. Sabbath practice can be hard for all of us—we are all so busy. But there is a reason why it is one of the Ten Commandments; … Continue reading →
Ah, it’s finally warm! After a long winter, I am looking forward to a slower pace, sunshine, and a chance to catch up on some reading. This is perhaps my favorite column to write every year. It’s the one where I get to share with you all some of the books I have really enjoyed in the last year, in hopes that you might pick up one for your vacation … Continue reading →
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015. We will worship beginning at 7:00 in the sanctuary with Eucharist and the Imposition of the ashes. During Lent, Pastor Lori will preach a sermon Series on how to live out our commitment to Jesus Christ. Worship is at 11:00 on Sundays. All are welcome, and all are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Hope to see you there!
My Continuing Education retreat a few weeks ago was wonderful. Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico is truly what the early Christians in Celtic lands called a “thin place” – a place where earth and heaven are very close together. The course I took was called “Soul Collage® As A Spiritual Path.” We began each session with a wonderful ritual. Our teacher, Kat Kirby, “rang us into … Continue reading →
“We make the road by walking.” I love this phrase—it reminds me that there are no easy answers in life—that part of what makes life meaningful is the journey that we make together. This phrase is also the title of a new book by Brian McLaren. (We Make the Road by Walking, New York: Jericho, 2014.) On Sunday, Sept 7, Sunday school for everyone starts up again. This year, in … Continue reading →
“Lent is a time to take the time To let the power of our faith story take hold of us.” –Ann Weems, Lent, in Kneeling in Jerusalem I must say this is the longest, coldest, darkest, snowiest winter I can remember. And’ I’ve lived in both England and Canada. I’m so tired of grey, ratty, nasty snow piles I could scream. Here, at the tail end of winter, I am reminded … Continue reading →