Thanks Enough

November 25, 2020 | Tags: , , , , , ,

Never before, in my experience, has Thanksgiving looked like this — the turkey waiting to be roasted while the guest list dwindles to our immediate household, all of us advised not to gather. Instead, we are asked to shelter in place on a day usually marked by hauling out extra leaves for the table, extra […]

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Reading the Signs of the Times

November 11, 2020 | Tags: , , , ,

It first appeared in our yard the Monday of election week. With so much on the line, I guess I was looking for a sign – and afraid of getting one I didn’t want. So the arrival of a white rock dove – as emblematic of peace as anything I could have conjured – was […]

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The Lineage of Trust

October 6, 2020

Years ago, visiting Lake Superior with a college friend, we walked out on the glassy landscape of that frozen Great Lake. Enjoying the March sunlight already warm on our faces, we stood still, taking in the scene with appreciation and wonder until a loud crack thundered through the ice beneath our feet. My friend Tom, […]

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Opening the Doors of Time

September 22, 2020 | Tags: , , , , , ,

Opening the door, or in other words, the practice of hospitality, has always mattered as a religious principle. Not only to religious communities greeting their guests, but to the very purpose of religious life. As a posture of open-hearted welcome, hospitality insists that only when we warmly greet the stranger will we be capable of […]

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Be Here Now

August 24, 2020 | Tags: , ,

Let’s face it: this can be a challenging time to stay present to the here and now. Ever since the pandemic began, I find myself waking up in the middle of the night marvelling that the world we live in has become more strange than my dreams. I shake my head wondering how to stay […]

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