Greetings, Friends! Happy New Year!! I am a glass half-full kind of person most of the time yet, on first glance, I am having trouble looking back at 2017 and seeing the glass with anything much in it at all. We faced devastating hurricanes, tragic mass shootings, horrific fires, political unrest, allegations of sexual harassment, … Continue reading Are You Ready for 2018?
Merry Christmas, Friends! I wish you all a deep sense of the joy and peace that God’s greatest gift, Jesus, brings to our lives! It is my fervent prayer that we all encounter Jesus today and in the days to come as we share in the work of the Jesus Movement. I would love to … Continue reading Loving Our Neighbor as We Keep Christ in Christmas
Greetings, Friends! “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14, KJV). Yes, I know that I’m jumping the gun a little bit – after all it is only the third week of Advent – yet I’ve been thinking about some of the traditional themes of Christmas like … Continue reading Welcoming the Stranger: Resolution 3
Greetings, Friends! This week, I’m going to get right to the point. The 5th resolution we passed at our Diocesan Convention addresses a tragic reality: “Suicides in Young People Reach an All Time High.” Until this year, only twice had suicide touched my life personally but, this year, four close friends have faced suicide in … Continue reading Resolution 5: Suicides in Young People Reach an All Time High
Greetings, Friends! It’s Advent and so the beginning of a new church year so… Happy New Year!! Of course, our scripture readings for the first Sunday of Advent weren’t particularly celebratory: “Oh, that you would tear open the heavens and come down” (Isaiah 6:1). To be honest, with all the news we’ve had lately, this … Continue reading Economic Justice in the Advent Season
Greetings, Friends! I am always taken aback when little details of life come together to paint a larger image. I wonder why I’m surprised. Isn’t our God a God of burning bushes and dry bones rising? Nevertheless, I am startled – and delighted when I take the time to notice God’s wonderful connection-making gift! On … Continue reading Resolution #4: Call for Basic Human Needs to be Met
Greetings, Friends! Happy Thanksgiving, all! Despite all the darkness we have experienced recently, the light of Christ does shine through when/if we look for the glimmer. Often I find this takes real intentionality because I can easily get bogged down in the day’s news and begin to fret, missing the opportunities to see Jesus in … Continue reading Thankfulness and Resilience