April 12, 2019

I was invited to offer an invocation, or blessing, for the opening of the Washington State Senate legislative session today. These were the words I shared with our legislators.

This week I came across a piece of writing, both poem and prayer entitled, 
A Future Not Our Own.These words have taken root in my mind, resonating deeply.

 

“It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. 

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future pro...

April 8, 2019

A compilation of Matthew 21:14,
Mark 11:15-18, John 2:13-17.

When Jesus entered the Temple, he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. He drove out all those who were selling and buying. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the stalls of those selling doves.

He said to them, "My house is called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have made it a den of violent ones." 

Those who were blind or couldn't walk came to him in the T...

December 13, 2018

Last week we began our series, Seeking Words of Wisdom, an exploration of Holy Wisdom, this feminine embodiment of the Holy. “God’s confidant and architect, a source of endless delight.” “God’s spotless mirror reflecting eternal light.”

Wisdom invites all who can hear her to embrace Wisdom,"To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live.” Anyone, and everyone, are called to embrace her, to welcome wisdom, to welcome the eternal light. From “Generation after generation She slips into hol...

December 13, 2018

What is Wisdom?

She is intelligent, holy, unique, subtle,

flowing, transparent, and pure;

She is distinct, invulnerable, good,

keen, irresistible, and gracious;

She is humane, faithful, sure, calm,

all-powerful, all-seeing, and

available to all who are intelligent, pure,

and altogether simple.

She is the mobility of all movement;

She is the transparent nothing that pervades all things.

She is the breath of God,

A clear emanation of Divine Glory,

No impurity can stain Her.

She is God’s spotless mirror

reflectin...

October 11, 2018

Have you ever spent time with a three or four year old, that amazing age when they are beginning to wonder and they want to know the how, and why of everything. They are FULL of questions. They are full of exploration. As the adult in the conversation, which I've found really feels more like an inquisition at times, it can be a challenge to be present to each question. You're suddenly confronted with just how much you don't know. You might have a masters degree, or a couple of them, and yet have...

August 31, 2018

WildWood is on the move again. After a redesign at Gallery Boom changed our meeting space we spent the month of August enjoying "church in the wild" at Harry Fain's Park. We put our feet in the grass, we swung on the swings and we meditated under the canopy of giant trees. This fall, beginning September 2, we will settle into our new meeting space at True Self Yoga Studio located on Olympia's Westside. It is a lovely space with large windows looking out at the trees and letting in lots of l...

July 19, 2018

I  was invited to share a sermon as a part of the Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBTQ+ Interest's worship service at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference on July 6, 2018.

I had the opportunity this Spring to sit in a large circle of people while several folks shared their version of the story of my call to ministry. They shared about the first time they asked me if I had thought about a call to ministry or thought about attending seminary. The sharing these experiences came out of t...

April 13, 2018

There are those stories that are based on truth and facts. And for those stories the facts and truth are important. Then there are those stories that are about something more than facts and truth. For these stories, the story itself is the value and what is important. Here it is about how we relate to, understand and own the story that matters. There are those who have lined up the events of creation as told in Genesis with the events of evolution, and for some that’s really important, but I don...

March 7, 2018

Last week we started a six-week focus on Sabbath. We talked about finding that balance between restrictive Sabbath and our culture of overworking and how we might begin to carve out time in our lives for a day or hours of Sabbath. For both the Christian and Jewish faith traditions a Sabbath practice is established as a part of a covenant between God and the Israelites, who had recently been freed from slavery in Egypt.

God Emancipated the Israelites not only from slavery in Egypt but from the wo...

March 3, 2018

The Israelites had been freed from slavery in Egypt and were headed to the promised land of freedom and prosperity. Moses was leading them towards a new life. We are told that after they had been journeying for three months, they arrived in the desert of Sinai, where God calls Moses to the mountain top to establish a new covenant, a new relationship, between God and the people. God offers these commandments as an invitation into new relationship. We likely know them as the 10 Commandments, thoug...

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