The Prodigal Son and the Second Half of Life – Oct. 25, 2020

  Last Sunday we talked about the idea Richard Rohr describes as our “loyal soldier,” an inner conscience we develop to get through the first half of life safely. As we heard last week, that inner conscience/loyal soldier teaches us to look both ways before we cross the street, to develop appropriate impulse control, to… Read More

“Deeper voice of God” – Oct 18, 2020

Most wars, genocides, and tragedies in history have been waged by unquestioning followers of dominating leaders. Yet there is a strange comfort in staying within the confines of such a leader and his ideologies, even if it leads us to do evil. It frees us from the burden of thinking and from personal responsibility. We… Read More

Falling Upward – Sept 27, 2020

Peter and the other disciples had fished all night, but caught nothing. Just after daybreak, Jesus appeared and asked, “Children, you have no fish, have you? Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it all… Read More

The Gift of “Winnowing” Reality – Sept. 20, 2020

If change and growth and not programmed into your spirituality, if there are not serious warnings about the blinding nature of fear and fanaticism, your religion will always end up worshiping the status quo and protecting your present ego position and personal advantage—as if it were God. — Richard Rohr          … Read More

A Further Journey – Sept. 13, 2020

A journey into the second half of our own lives awaits us all. Not everybody goes there, even though all of us get older . . A “further journey” is a well-kept secret . . . Many people do not even know there is one. There are too few who are aware of it, tell… Read More

“Spiritual Awakening” and Spiritual Maturity— What’s the Difference? – Sept. 6, 2020

Implicit in spiritual maturity is emotional maturity—the ability to handle situations without unnecessarily escalating them, to correct our problems and behavior rather than blame someone else for them, to accept accountability for our actions. A spiritual awakening sounds a lot more exciting, honestly, yet it is spiritual maturity that leads to the fruits and fullness… Read More

What Represents Security for You? – August 30, 2020

Passing of the Peace (a.k.a. “meet & greet”)  Resumes this Sunday (at least as an experiment)  So come ready to say hello to everyone! When we met in person our congregation enthusiastically opened our service each Sunday with what was known as the Passing of the Peace or Offering the Peace of Christ to one another.… Read More

Charting a New Path – August 23, 2020

I would not have chosen Finding Yourself in Transition by Robert Brumet as our summer text if I did not think it contained valuable wisdom for our faith journey. Brumet’s inspired use of the Exodus story to walk us through the stages of transition helps us face “leaving Egypt”—face the endings that inevitably come our… Read More

Every New Beginning…-August 16, 2020

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” —Seneca “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” —John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan Reflecting over the past few weeks, I have come to realize that I have been in training for this period in time. Since leaving… Read More