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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sonnets To Orpheus, Part Two, XII By Rainer Maria Rilke Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy Want the change. Be inspired by the flame where everything shines as it disappears. The artist, when sketching, loves nothing so much as the curve of the body as it turns away. What locks itself in sameness has congealed. Is it safer to be gray and numb? What turns hard becomes rigid and is easily… Read More

Last Sunday all over the world lectionary preachers were handed a challenging text from Matthew’s Gospel. The text was that little part of chapter 15, where Jesus is busy just doing his thing: using gardening metaphors to see if he can get anywhere with his hardheaded disciples and generally trying his best to manage the increasing demands of publicly saying things people find distasteful.  You know, the usual. The way Matthew tells… Read More

Reaction Genesis 37:1-4; 12-28 I confess I was not the world’s greatest science student, but reading our story from the book of Genesis today reminds me of something I learned in physics class. Or maybe was it chemistry? The teacher called it Newton’s third law of motion: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” It’s a scientific law but it’s also all I could think about as I read… Read More

These thoughts appeared first this week over at ABP/Religious Herald. Lately I’ve had occasion to think a little more deeply than usual about churches and mission/social justice programming. It seems to me that collaborative efforts to heal the world are critical parts of life together in Christian community. And that’s not just because we claim to be followers of Jesus, who was pretty clear about the transformative nature of his message. It’s… Read More