Reflections Blog

We haven’t crossed the threshold yet.

We haven’t crossed the threshold yet.

Photo of the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center used with permission. You can find them at https://rccbonsecours.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/rccbonsecours. Providence works in funny ways. The week before our fire (early April 2021), Karen arranged for a...

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Fearless

Fearless

Let’s face it, this is a weird season to be the church. We are connected and distanced, we are not who we were, but we have little clarity about the practices we should keep and those of which we should let go. There is little “normal” about the time we are in, and...

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Summer Tidbits

Summer Tidbits

My column this month covers some of our summer activity: Council conversations with Sessions; congregation-to-congregation networking; the recent boundaries training; and September’s upcoming Presbytery meeting. Conversations with Sessions: In May your Sessions...

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What’s Next, Lord?

What’s Next, Lord?

Over the Fourth of July weekend, I visited my daughter in McKinleyville, a remote town on the northernmost coast of California. The region is sometimes called the “Lost Coast,” and I can see why, because it is often blanketed by mist and clouds. While I was there, the...

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The Question We Struggle to Answer

The Question We Struggle to Answer

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.[i] Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way…”[ii]   An “aha!” moment Committee on...

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Space to Heal

A Tale of Two Worlds Last weekend, I worshiped indoors for the first time in a year. We were masked and instructed not to sing, but it still felt like drinking cold water from a fresh mountain spring. While I was rejoicing with my siblings in Christ, we were also...

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Edge Moments: When Hindsight becomes Foresight

Edge Moments: When Hindsight becomes Foresight

Photo by Erin Dunigan The quality of our communion in Christ, the resurrected life we share together because we have been touched by grace, is an unstoppable force. Wars, famines, and plagues throughout history have failed to extinguish our movement because our...

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From the self-giving love of Christ

From the self-giving love of Christ

Photo by Ian Hutchinson on Unsplash. I’m a bit of a Supreme Court fan. Not a geek-expert, mind you. But ever since a college course titled Psychology and the Law introduced me to SCOTUS rulings, I’ve found a bit of a thrill in constitutional law. You won’t be...

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Peace be with You – And with Me!

Peace be with You – And with Me!

Photo by Brett Davis on Flickr. My brain is on overload. Or is it my heart? The images from our nation’s capitol these past two weeks have been shocking, tragic, and dispiriting. As painful as they have been, they are no surprise. They are a natural result of a nation...

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Endurance and Hope

Photo by Andrea Gray on Illustrated Faith, Why Me? A lesson in Perseverance   In the last months I have heard much of hope. Most of what I’ve read tells me we cling to hope for the sake of endurance. Hope keeps us going when we want to give up. I’ve been clinging to...

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Hopping and Hoping through Advent

I don't know how it happened. I went to bed on Saturday night with a stiff knee and woke up on Sunday morning unable to walk. It looked like someone turned my knee into a volleyball! It didn’t help that I was all alone either, as Jan didn’t travel with me on a...

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