Pandemic Possibilities (Part 1): Testing God, Caremongering, and Jesus in a Public Health Crisis

The last several years of my life have been gripped and guided by the gospel story in Mark commonly known as The Feeding of the Multitude, or incorrectly named The Feeding of the 5,000 (5,000 men but easily 20 or 30,000 people). It has shaped my faith and practice in a number of ways and [...]

Take Courage: Some Things I Learned in 2019

2019: It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.  Every year brings its own gifts and challenges. For me, though, 2019 brought a lot of both. It was a hard year in some respects. More conflict than normal. Many tears. Wrestling with hard questions and hard answers. Raging at the darkness [...]

Sent Home

Today's post comes from the manuscript of a message shared by Andy Henry when he and Ashlyn shared reflections on mission with Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Delaware, Ohio. Ashlyn talked about her experience with international and short-term mission trips while Andy talked about mission in a local context. Enjoy!  Samuel L. Clemens, also known [...]

In the Beginning: Reflections from Our Second New Year’s Retreat

The second annual New Year's retreat is in the books! I was delighted to join 10 other companions in a cozy lodge nestled in Hocking Hills for a time of rest, reflection, and refreshment. I trust that everyone left a bit more rested and ready to engage another year, finding renewal through times of group [...]

We Need a Healer: Reflections on Christ the King Sunday

The kingdom of God is justice and peace/and joy in the Holy Spirit/Come, Lord, and open in us/the gates of your kingdom. I sang these words with a small group of Friends at a recent retreat. They come from a Taize chant called "The Kingdom of God." If you're not familiar with Taize, the simple [...]

All Saints’ Day: Compline, Communion, and Family Names

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about death. Strange, I know, but I have had a lot of inspiration. My partner's father passed away last week. Someone shot up a synagogue that same day. Today is All Saints' Day. During a recent retreat, I prayed for six nights with chanting monks that I would have [...]

Recovering Abundance Through Retreat

Some days I wonder if I should change the name of this ministry. How can I talk about the possibilities of abundance when I feel surrounded by scarcity? I turn on the news, check my bank account, or learn a family member is seriously ill and the world doesn't seem like a place of abundant [...]