Friday Festival: Displaced

Our bloggers are talking about the experience of being displaced, moved out of the familiar into something new.  Life moves us into new places and routines, or God can call us into a holy displacement.   It’s a mystery gift that involves discomfort as we move toward something different.  Other times it’s just painful. As relationships… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Soap Opera in Egypt (Genesis 39:1-23)

Some people live their whole lives in the same hometown, marry the person next door, and work in the family business.  Not much changes in their lives from year to year.  Joseph is not one of those people.  He has more ups and downs in a month than most people ever experience.  He moves from… Read More

Friday Festival: Summer Companions

Our bloggers are finding interesting company this August, as summer begins to wind down.  Their companions, human and otherwise, reveal places where God is at work, re-shaping us even more fully into the divine image within us. Susan K. Smith is considering the company we keep when we are silent about white supremacy.  She recalls… Read More

Friday Festival: Under the Surface

Our bloggers are looking at ordinary encounters from all sides this week, seeing the spiritual layer of things beneath our everyday encounters with people and God. Deb Mechler is reflecting on the power of spiritual direction to shape our view of the world.  Recently certified as a spiritual director herself, she notes the ways that… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

So much to weep for today, God, as we imagine that you are also weeping, crying over unnecessary deaths, unthinking celebration, more people wounded, disheartened and with their hopes dashed again, battered people who are now mourning again. Forgive us, God, for our silence, our inattention, and our easy distractions, and for our hard hearts that… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Language Barriers (Acts 2:1-21)

Jerusalem, the setting for the Acts story, is also the site of the new United States embassy to Israel, which opened this week to much fanfare from some and much anguish from others.  Unlike on the day of Pentecost, this week, no one was speaking the same language, or hearing news of grace in their own… Read More