Why do we abuse women?

May 8, 2017 by

Mary Magdalene has become one of my favorite New Testament figures. She is also one of the most misused and abused, a fitting symbol for women throughout the ages who are still misused, abused and blamed. Mary...

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Are we stuck at the cross?

Apr 10, 2017 by

It’s Holy Week. Sunday we progressed around the church with our palm fronds singing hosanna, reminding ourselves of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. From here we walk with Jesus toward the cross...

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Giving up fear for Lent

Feb 28, 2017 by

I have started observing Lent early. The hate, anger and animosity I see around me is overwhelming, and I think at its heart is fear. What are we afraid of? This is a question I have reflected on a lot this...

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A glimpse of hope

Jan 23, 2017 by

The past week has been a very challenging week. The inauguration on Friday of a new president, followed by protest marches across the U.S. and around the world, have had many of us oscillating between despair...

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Jesus, Moses and the rights and wrongs of leadership

Aug 16, 2016 by

In response to Andy Wade’s Sunday morning reflection at our Celtic retreat, I have been rereading and pondering the Beatitudes in Matt. 5:1-12 this week. The passage begins with a phrase I had never noticed...

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5 tips for paying attention to your life

May 26, 2016 by

What does it mean to pay attention to your life? I am contemplating that question as I sit in my quiet place listening to the birds sing and watching the mountains glow in the early morning light. Paying...

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Are we hungry for more?

Feb 22, 2016 by

I have never really been hungry, at least not by necessity. I occasionally fast a meal (a little more frequently during this season of Lent), and like so many in our society go on a spring diet to try and lose...

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Preparing for Ash Wednesday

Feb 9, 2016 by

This last weekend I spent a lot of time getting myself ready for Lent. I de-cluttered my desk, re-organized my prayer gardens and wrote an Ash Wednesday prayer. At the beginning of a new liturgical season,...

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Get creative with Lent

Jan 27, 2016 by

Lent is only a few weeks away and many of us are already thinking about what we will give up for the season. Once only practiced by catholic and liturgical churches, Lent is now popular among churches of all...

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Will you follow Epiphany’s star?

Jan 5, 2016 by

The evening of Jan. 5, we will celebrate the Eve of Epiphany, the last feast of Christmas. This celebration commemorates the arrival of the magi, the wise men from the East who brought gifts to the infant...

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It’s still Christmas

Dec 29, 2015 by

Now that Christmas Day is over, many of us feel let down because the day we have been anticipating for so long is over. The malls strip their elaborate decorations and junk their remaining Christmas stocks...

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Where does spiritual formation really happen?

Jul 9, 2015 by

Spiritual formation is defined as an intentional Christian practice with the goal to develop a spiritual maturity that leads to Christ-likeness. The term brings to mind Christian spiritual practices like...

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Tomato theology

Jun 4, 2015 by

Over the last few weeks I have planted 30 tomato plants in the garden — another important rite of spring, and an increasingly important part of the rhythm of my life. Here in Seattle, we rarely have...

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United by love, not doctrine

Mar 25, 2015 by

A couple of days ago, with the help of some friends, I planted the early vegetable garden with cauliflowers, cabbages, broccoli, lettuce, Chinese greens and carrots. I use the square foot method — lots of...

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Reflection: A river runs through

Mar 10, 2015 by

If any of you is thirsty, come to Me and drink. If you believe in Me, the Hebrew Scriptures say that rivers of living water will flow from within you. Jesus was referring to the realities of life in the Spirit...

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Never be afraid of what is right

Jan 19, 2015 by

Martin Luther King Day, which commemorates King’s birthday, is one of those days that I think should be celebrated throughout the world. It is a day used to promote equal rights for all Americans, though I...

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A Thanksgiving liturgy for 2014

Nov 25, 2014 by

American Thanksgiving is this week. People are zipping across the country to spend the day together with family and friends. This is the holiday that I have most relished adopting since I have lived in the...

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Leadership as spiritual direction

Sep 23, 2014 by

A couple of years ago I was interviewed by a master of divinity student for her class on leadership. I told her that for me leadership was not a position of privilege or of prestige but rather one of...

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Living into the love of God

Aug 20, 2014 by

I have been thinking a lot about the love of God. I am getting ready to do a spiritual retreat with a group of doctors this morning and then tomorrow head down to Portland to speak at the Word Made Flesh...

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Redeeming the curse — count your blessings

Jul 8, 2014 by

I’ve been thinking (and blogging) about how even the brambles and pests in our gardens can be unexpected blessings from God. I have found myself reflecting a lot about the aspects of my personality that...

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