These Are the Best

Back in the years when I was in seminary, I heard a story about a colleague of one of the large churches. He had been a successful minister, but knew a lot of grief and loss in his life. One teenaged child had drown … read more.

Hart to Hearts: Broken Hearts

“You should say something about that school shooting!” my internal voice scolded. “It’s horrible and people are hurting!”

Ministers often face this kind of situation. Shocked and feeling more numb than in pain, I had no words to say, nothing to write, no wise proclamations, … read more.

Hart to Hearts: Miracle Cures

I know this will come as a big shock to most of you, but not everything you read on the internet is true. As I begin the long journey of treatment for cancer, I’m discovering again the level of wild tales that out there. … read more.

The Work of Christmas

Back in the 1990s when I worked for the Night Ministry, we held an annual Christmas dinner. It took place in the basement of a nearby Presbyterian church, and it was a grand event. Churches donated cooked turkeys, buckets of mashed potatoes and stuffing, … read more.

Keeping Sane in Chaotic Times

I don’t know about you, but too often lately, I’ve felt a total overload in my nervous system.  Some of it has to do with the feeling that pretty much everything around me is in chaos.  Our government at the top levels seems to be … read more.

A Prayer for Peace

Spirit of love and of life, come and rest upon us, within us for these few moments of calm.

Quiet my striving and allow me a time for breath, for silence, a time to let go of all longings and desire. May I simply be here … read more.

Keeping On

The rally was going to be held at Chinese Reconciliation Park. I was dressed in black and sporting my bright yellow Standing on the Side of Love stole, so I stood out in the crowd. The organizers I asked if I’d be able to … read more.

Remembering Charlottesville and Living Our Love

This morning, our service was Love Beyond Beliefs, and we made special mention of the events in Charlottesville, VA on Friday night and Saturday.  To follow on from that service, I offer the written text of the meditation/prayer I shared, and some opportunities to support … read more.

Joy and Woe Are Woven Fine

I’ve said more times than I can remember that it’s been a year of trouble and turmoil. Maybe it has something to do with the way social media shapes our lives, the constant blare of the 24 hour news cycle, and the if-it-bleeds-it-leads nature of … read more.