Why and how we pray.
On a recent hike, I noticed so many root systems that were above ground. I saw how one tree’s roots were interconnected with another’s and how they all worked together to create stability of the forest floor. These roots offer a metaphor for us right now. I imagine the roots of a tree as our … Continue reading The Importance of Roots
Today we celebrate St. Luke's Day together/alone, by calling to mind people who heal and people who need healing, and by inviting greater healing into our own lives.
I’ve mentioned before how my pre-COVID prayer life just doesn’t work for me in the midst of pandemic, and I’ve shared some ideas about different ways to pray when the old ways don’t work. I’m going to share another one today. I generally am an optimist and someone who focuses on the good in the … Continue reading A Strengthening Prayer
Peace in the midst of chaos, life in the shadow of death.
I’m back from 2 weeks of vacation, and incredibly thankful for the gift of unplugging and stepping away from work. Mostly I was at home just relaxing, but I also got away for a 3-night silent retreat at Trinity Center. I did so much thinking and reflecting during my time away. One of the things … Continue reading Making Time for Sabbath
Violence is in the Bible and right here in Durham. How can we call the breath of life into the dry bones of death?
The parable of the workers in the vineyard calls us to re-evaluate our owneconomy, to value people over productivity. Matthew 20: 1-16 By Sam Laurent, PhD Let’s talk economics, old school. The Greek word oikos, which means“house” or “home” is the root word for our English word “economy.” We getit by way of the Greek … Continue reading Economics and Freedom
The growing glooms reminds me of the futility of fighting things I can not change. I will take some time to set down those things that are not mine, in order to expend my resources better. I invite you to join me.