Friend In Residence at Earlham School of Religion

I will be in Richmond, Indiana in a couple weeks as the Friend in Residence at Earlham School of Religion. If you’re in the area and want to participate it would be lovely to have you join us. I am really looking forward to being out there with Friends from all over. Here is whatContinue reading “Friend In Residence at Earlham School of Religion”

Listening From the Divine Perspective (Hosea 11)

“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; butContinue reading “Listening From the Divine Perspective (Hosea 11)”

Signposts, Abraham and the Unknown (Genesis 15)

In her book Journey Inward, Journey Outward, Elizabeth O’Connor says of the importance of self-reflection: “We must be engaged with ourselves, if we are going to find out where are, and where it is we want to go.” One of the ways that we know where we are, and where we are going is byContinue reading “Signposts, Abraham and the Unknown (Genesis 15)”

The Bible is the People’s Book

This is a message I gave a couple years ago and coming across it today I feel it’s worth sharing again. We in the church have a paradoxical relationship with the bible. Many inside and outside the church have misgivings about certain texts or whole swaths of texts, while other texts serve as basic idiomsContinue reading “The Bible is the People’s Book”

Cutting the Pentagon’s Budget @fcnl

Friends Committee on National Legislation started a campaign to cut the pentagon’s budget – in 2011 it was a staggering $664.84 billion, which is 60% of the overall federal budget – so that we do not have to make drastic cuts on important services like education, healthcare, nutrition assistance and housing that keep our communitiesContinue reading “Cutting the Pentagon’s Budget @fcnl”

Nothing is more practical than finding God…than falling in love

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spendContinue reading “Nothing is more practical than finding God…than falling in love”

Mary’s Magnificat and ‘I am a thought in God.’

Magnificat The magnificat is beautiful and celebratory song. It is known as the magnificat, because that is the opening word of Mary’s famous song in Latin. In Greek it is Megalunei, which means to magnify, grow, enlarge! It is thought to be one of the earliest Christian hymns ever recorded and it is one ofContinue reading “Mary’s Magnificat and ‘I am a thought in God.’”

Parking Lots, Crooked Paths and Open Hearts (Luke 3)

This is the message I gave today at Camas Friends during meeting for worship. It is based on Luke 3:1-6. The Parking Lots When I was in high school I did what many people my age have done for generations and that was work as a grocery store carry-out: a bag-boy as we called itContinue reading “Parking Lots, Crooked Paths and Open Hearts (Luke 3)”

Walter Rauschenbusch – Thanksgiving Day Prayer

O God, we thank you for this earth, our home; For the wide sky and the blessed sun, For the salt sea and the running water, For the everlasting hills And the never-resting winds, For trees and the common grass underfoot. We thank you for our senses By which we hear the songs of birds,Continue reading “Walter Rauschenbusch – Thanksgiving Day Prayer”