Friday Festival: Connections Made and Broken

Many of our bloggers spent time this week reflecting on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, and pondering the potential for humankind to learn anything at all from this senseless tragedy. There were posts about guns and gun control, about mental illness and unbridled evil, about seeing and stereotyping, on connection and isolation. For today’s… Read More

Friday Festival: Separation and Connection

The last few weeks have seen forces of separation and division that have come at us from many directions. Some are caused by human actions meant to divide (such as the widely renounced Nashville Statement), some are accidental, while others result from forces of nature (floodwaters in India, Texas, Nepal, and Bangladesh; fires in Montana).… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Take Up Your Cross

As ark-worthy rains poured down on the Texas gulf coast, news broadcasts were filled with films and stories of people doing whatever was necessary to help rescue others from the flood waters. Informal boat crews were formed to cruise neighborhood streets, looking for anyone who was trapped. Furniture stores opened their doors to give those… Read More

Saturday Prayer: Dimensions of the Journey

If they had known it would be forty years, would they have packed differently? would they have planned differently? would they have prepared differently? We do not know the dimensions of the journey to which you call us. We only hear you say… Follow me. Preach, teach, heal. Love others as yourself. Confront abusers of… Read More

Saturday Prayer: Lord, have mercy.

Kyrie eleison Christe eleison Kyrie eleison We watch  in  horror, eyes burning with tears, hearts screaming in pain, minds refusing to comprehend, can such evil be real? Lord Jesus, come quickly.   Barbara Bruneau is a recently retired Lutheran pastor living in southeastern Minnesota. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An… Read More

Friday Festival: Sources of Inspiration

This week, several of our bloggers reflect on sources of inspiration in their lives. In the Southern Hemisphere, this may be the time in late winter that creates the desire to hibernate or escape until the weather has turned warmer. In the Northern Hemisphere, we’re approaching that part of summer called the “dog days” that… Read More