Activities For New Year’s Eve

When we had the idea of throwing a small gathering at our house for New Year’s Eve, we did the initial planning around food and drinks, the traditional (for us) stuff: pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, etc. But not one to want to do just the expected things, I talked to Emily about coming up withContinue reading “Activities For New Year’s Eve”

A Call to Work Outside Our Circles – Friends Journal Article

In this month’s Friends Journal, I have a little piece in response to the NY Times article from Teresa M. Bejan, “What Quakers Can Teach Us About the Politics of Pronouns.” That article is useful and made its rounds on the Quaker Internet pretty thoroughly. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you read it.Continue reading “A Call to Work Outside Our Circles – Friends Journal Article”

Sermon: The Birth of a New, Contrast Community

This is a message I gave at First Friends Meeting in Greensboro on December 22, 2019 following Revelation 12 and Matthew 1:18ff. Here is the recorded version of the message. Rev. 12:1   And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman eclothed with fthe sun, with fthe moon under her feet, and on her headContinue reading “Sermon: The Birth of a New, Contrast Community”

Are You Ready to Do Your Annual Review? Here Are Some Tips and Resources

As we round out the end of 2019 and the last of this decade, there’s no better time than now to reflect on the past and think about goals and priorities you want to have for the coming year(s). When I think about the connection between work and productivity and my spiritual practice, setting timeContinue reading “Are You Ready to Do Your Annual Review? Here Are Some Tips and Resources”

The Birth of an Alternative Community

I’m preaching this Sunday at First Friends Meeting here in Greensboro, the meeting my family and I attend. I don’t get to preach all that much any more, so I find it exciting to get the opportunity from time to time. This week is advent but I’ve opted to do something a little different atContinue reading “The Birth of an Alternative Community”

A Reading for Advent – Oscar Romero

No one can celebratea genuine Christmaswithout being truly poor.The self-sufficient, the proud,those who, because they haveeverything, look down on others,those who have no needeven of God – for them therewill be no Christmas.Only the poor, the hungry,those who need someoneto come on their behalf,will have that someone.That someone is God.Emmanuel. God-with-us.Without poverty of spiritthere canContinue reading “A Reading for Advent – Oscar Romero”

An Open Letter to Fuller Seminary Expressing My Sadness and Disappointment For The Expulsion of a Lesbian Student

Recently, I learned with a deep sadness, after reading the LA Times article, that Joanna Maxon was expelled because of her same-sex marital status. I was surprised this was the position the Seminary took, not because it isn’t known that it has anti-LGBTQ stances, but because the action against a student in this way seemsContinue reading “An Open Letter to Fuller Seminary Expressing My Sadness and Disappointment For The Expulsion of a Lesbian Student”