Restoring Peace

The disciples were fishing, and a man on the shore told them to throw their net to the other side of the boat.”It is the Lord,” one said to Peter. It was the third time Jesus appeared to his friends after the resurrection in John. Although Peter had not initially recognized Jesus, he jumped intoContinue reading “Restoring Peace”

Waging Peace

Do you hear the cries for peace? The longing is so urgent and real. It is easy to think of peace a simply a lack of violence. God’s vision of peace, however, is more beautiful than that and requires more of us than simply putting our weapons down. What is God’s vision of peace? ThereContinue reading “Waging Peace”

I-Thou

This week, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg’s Podcast Nurture the Wowcast reminded me of the importance of incorporating Martin Buber’s I-Thou idea of relationship when approaching my small child. This is one small way that parenting is a spiritual practice. It is important, especially in the middle of a tantrum, to really see our children. Instead of seeing ourContinue reading “I-Thou”

Mourning Into Action

When one man gets shot, when five police get targeted by a sniper, when a baby dies from gun violence, we all hurt. It happens to us all. As people of faith, there are helpful places we can go. We can turn toward lament, knowing God can withstand our anger and pain: Hear my prayer,Continue reading “Mourning Into Action”

Found Family

Last weekend I attended a 10th wedding anniversary celebration of two friends. I had attended the actual wedding a decade ago, and looked forward to the evening. Even with  my excitement, the gathering far exceeded my expectations. The couple had reserved a beautiful room in the back of a lovely restaurant. Appetizers, drinks, dinner andContinue reading “Found Family”

No Rules

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,Continue reading “No Rules”

Keeping Faith Today

A woman is sexually assaulted while unconscious. 49 people are shot dead in a nightclub in Orlando. The country responds with anger, confusion, fear, sadness and grief. My heart is heavy. How do we acknowledge and honor our feelings without letting them shut us down? Anger, confusion, fear, sadness and grief all have the potentialContinue reading “Keeping Faith Today”

Ramadan

June 6 marked the beginning of Ramadan for our Muslim brothers and sisters. Until July 5th, Muslims will fast daily from sunrise to sunset. It is considered a month of holiness, when fasting can center folks, inviting them to remember the poor and acknowledge their dependence on God. It is a month of discipline andContinue reading “Ramadan”

Money and Church

As a little kid, I remember watching the big baskets being passed back and forth down the pews in church. Each Sunday, my mom let one of us five kids put her envelope in the basket. It made me feel powerful and generous. One week, on the way home in the minivan, I asked myContinue reading “Money and Church”