Friday Festival: Leap Year, Super Tuesday, and Other Distractions

It’s been a week with a lot to focus on, and our blog writers have had lots of places to put their attention as they have been writing this week. In the US, the field of Democratic candidates for President has been winnowed (apparently) down to two. Some of our bloggers are grieving, some are… Read More

Saturday Prayer:

Oh Holy One, They stand as silent witnesses, Remembering greener times, Counting the leaves they lost, And looking to the promise of Spring. And so do I, Looking around the bend in the road ahead, Remembering answered prayer, Celebrating fruitful ministry, And listening to the Wind of the Spirit Blowing through the barren branches. You… Read More

RCL: Tempted… Again

Lent is upon us whether we are ready or not. Some of us are scrambling to put together an Ash Wednesday service and other’s are already working on Holy Week. Those of us in between are looking at Sunday and wondering what to say about some familiar texts. I don’t know about you, but Lent… Read More

Friday Festival

Remembering her own mountaintop journeys prompts Martha Spong to reflect on the mystery of the Transfiguration.  She poses an interesting question about what the disciples – and we – perceive. “In this era of propaganda and marketing, social media and political campaigns, our perceptions are being messed with all the time. What are we noticing? Has truth changed? How… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Ashes to Ashes

Ashes with worship? Ashes all day? Ashes to go? Ashes with glitter? As the liturgical calendar winds its way certain discussions can be predicted. With Advent its advent candles colors. With Ash Wednesday it’s the way in which we make/dispense ashes. Ashes are political. They are symbolic word act of our very real inability to… Read More