Getting Found in Translation: Reflecting on Issues of Theological Translation

Whenever Quakers from various streams get together, similarities and differences quickly arise. This is the current state of our tradition; it’s not something we should fight against. Instead, we need to learn how to move within it by being clear about who we are while “moving towards sympathy,” as Howard Thurman says, with another. ThisContinue reading “Getting Found in Translation: Reflecting on Issues of Theological Translation”

Embracing Surprise (Matthew 24: 35-44)

# Embracing Surprise This is the Gospel reading for Advent 1 and the text my sermon was based on for yesterday: “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming ofContinue reading “Embracing Surprise (Matthew 24: 35-44)”

The Possibilities and Challenges of Building a Participatory Church

I love the word participation. It’s stem means “taking part” or to “partner.” The Quaker meeting of which I am the ‘released minister,’ Camas Friends, strives to be a participatory church. A partnering church. A church that welcomes the contributions, leadership, insights, resources, personalities and concerns of those who are in the meeting. As IContinue reading “The Possibilities and Challenges of Building a Participatory Church”

Participatory Church and the Trials of Falling Asleep (Luke 22:39-46)

“He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if youContinue reading “Participatory Church and the Trials of Falling Asleep (Luke 22:39-46)”

OMG! A film on GMOs: Review of “GMO OMG”

Monday evening, I had the opportunity to watch Jeremy Seifert’s new film GMO OMG. Jeremy and his family hold a special place in my heart because of our friendship that developed while he and I were in school together at Fuller Seminary. During the time that we were a part of a small group weContinue reading “OMG! A film on GMOs: Review of “GMO OMG””

Prayer and Pointing the Finger (pt. 4)

This is the last of four short meditations on prayer based on Luke 18:9-14: “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standingContinue reading “Prayer and Pointing the Finger (pt. 4)”

Prayer: Identifying Our Blind spots (pt. 3)

This is the third of four short meditations on prayer based on Luke 18:9-14: “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standingContinue reading “Prayer: Identifying Our Blind spots (pt. 3)”

Prayer: Don’t Trust the Labels! (pt. 2)

This is the second of four short meditations on prayer based on Luke 18:9-14: “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standingContinue reading “Prayer: Don’t Trust the Labels! (pt. 2)”

Prayers of Offense and Defense (pt. 1)

This week I have four short meditations on prayer based on Luke 18:9-14: “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing byContinue reading “Prayers of Offense and Defense (pt. 1)”