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It’s a Miracle!

Ashlyn and I recently attended a Columbus Clippers baseball game with my cousin and his family. It was fun to take in a ball game on a summer evening and enjoy America's favorite pastime; but there was something else that I enjoyed even more: the kids. We had four kids with us. They didn't pay [...]

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 [...]

Reading Both of God’s Books: Practicing Outdoor Church

I grew up in the Quaker tradition but my church was heavily influenced by the evangelical stream of Protestantism. Because of this, we talked a lot about the Bible. The Bible was central to our faith and practice. We talked a lot about what was in the Bible and why we should read it. However, [...]

Solidaridad: Recovering Abundance in Cuba

I recently returned from a visit to Cuba. It is a beautiful country full of fascinating people and a complex history. The eight days went by quickly; we didn't have near enough time to gain a deep sense of the culture and spirit of the country. But what I encountered during our time was a [...]