A second dose of Strength…

Sometimes good things can get even better.  Someone who has formed me through her writing, possibly more than most who have tried to form me face-to-face, is Diana Butler Bass.  And she has updated and published a new version of one of the most important books in that formation, Strength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community (2017). I haven't dug into the revised version yet, but the echoes of the first one can still be heard in my faith life each and every day.  I had a few things to say about it when I read it in 2012.  I can't wait to read what new words of…
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Rites and rituals, the holy in the everyday

Today, on What We're Reading Now, we hear from a guest reader, Amelia Richardson Dress.  Amelia is a writer, a mom, a passionate advocate for children and families, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who’s always excited to re-discover the holiness of her mundane life. She blogs at Barefoot Family, barefootfamily.me.  From time to time, you will hear different voices on this page.  And Amelia's is one we all need to hear, so I hope that you will read on about the book she has chosen to share with us. One Sunday while I was in high school I invited a friend to attend church with…
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Where to put my focus?

Lent begins tomorrow, with the remembrance known as Ash Wednesday.  Right now, I'm sitting here anticipating a pancake dinner.  This morning I had a King Cake donut.  Shrove Tuesday is clearly covered, but what comes after?  I don't know about you, but I am still considering my options for a devotional series for the season (and the sugar rush is not helping, I am sure).  I've decided on a theme for this year, but I will write about that elsewhere.  Now I just have to pick a book to be my companion over these next weeks, so, while I have the list narrowed down to just a few, I thought…
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Praying our Goodbyes

Even as we enter the season of Advent, for many of us, there are still so many reasons to seek help with our ever present grief.  Truthfully, the season brings that grief forward for many of us -- the loved ones lost, the opportunities missed, the dreams unrealized. The sparkling lights and merriment all around, these things meant to illuminate and dazzle, often, instead, shine a less than welcome spotlight on the emptiness and pain that lies just below the surface of our daily living. I myself continue to be in one of those dark places where, when the light of the season sneaks in, the first response is pain, not…
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Turn my mourning into dancing…

"You have turned my mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11)," such beautiful, comforting words.  I am, right now, in the middle of one of those difficult times in life, a time when mourning and grief fill my heart and my days, and sit alongside the joy of remembrance and the continuing if somehow diminished presence of a deep and abiding gift of love in my life.  The current state of my life is the topic for another forum, but, this present experience has caused me to seek comfort in reading, as usual. It is often a long path to the right words. My search began with questions that arose during my ecumenical experience…
Read More

A second dose of Strength…

Sometimes good things can get even better.  Someone who has formed me through her writing, possibly more than most who have tried to form me face-to-face, is Diana Butler Bass.  And she has updated and published a new version of one of the most important books in that formation, Strength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community (2017). I haven't dug into the revised version yet, but the echoes of the first one can still be heard in my faith life each and every day.  I had a few things to say about it when I read it in 2012.  I can't wait to read what new words of…
Read More

Rites and rituals, the holy in the everyday

Today, on What We're Reading Now, we hear from a guest reader, Amelia Richardson Dress.  Amelia is a writer, a mom, a passionate advocate for children and families, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who’s always excited to re-discover the holiness of her mundane life. She blogs at Barefoot Family, barefootfamily.me.  From time to time, you will hear different voices on this page.  And Amelia's is one we all need to hear, so I hope that you will read on about the book she has chosen to share with us. One Sunday while I was in high school I invited a friend to attend church with…
Read More

Where to put my focus?

Lent begins tomorrow, with the remembrance known as Ash Wednesday.  Right now, I'm sitting here anticipating a pancake dinner.  This morning I had a King Cake donut.  Shrove Tuesday is clearly covered, but what comes after?  I don't know about you, but I am still considering my options for a devotional series for the season (and the sugar rush is not helping, I am sure).  I've decided on a theme for this year, but I will write about that elsewhere.  Now I just have to pick a book to be my companion over these next weeks, so, while I have the list narrowed down to just a few, I thought…
Read More

Praying our Goodbyes

Even as we enter the season of Advent, for many of us, there are still so many reasons to seek help with our ever present grief.  Truthfully, the season brings that grief forward for many of us -- the loved ones lost, the opportunities missed, the dreams unrealized. The sparkling lights and merriment all around, these things meant to illuminate and dazzle, often, instead, shine a less than welcome spotlight on the emptiness and pain that lies just below the surface of our daily living. I myself continue to be in one of those dark places where, when the light of the season sneaks in, the first response is pain, not…
Read More

Turn my mourning into dancing…

"You have turned my mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11)," such beautiful, comforting words.  I am, right now, in the middle of one of those difficult times in life, a time when mourning and grief fill my heart and my days, and sit alongside the joy of remembrance and the continuing if somehow diminished presence of a deep and abiding gift of love in my life.  The current state of my life is the topic for another forum, but, this present experience has caused me to seek comfort in reading, as usual. It is often a long path to the right words. My search began with questions that arose during my ecumenical experience…
Read More

A second dose of Strength…

Sometimes good things can get even better.  Someone who has formed me through her writing, possibly more than most who have tried to form me face-to-face, is Diana Butler Bass.  And she has updated and published a new version of one of the most important books in that formation, Strength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community (2017). I haven't dug into the revised version yet, but the echoes of the first one can still be heard in my faith life each and every day.  I had a few things to say about it when I read it in 2012.  I can't wait to read what new words of…
Read More

Rites and rituals, the holy in the everyday

Today, on What We're Reading Now, we hear from a guest reader, Amelia Richardson Dress.  Amelia is a writer, a mom, a passionate advocate for children and families, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who’s always excited to re-discover the holiness of her mundane life. She blogs at Barefoot Family, barefootfamily.me.  From time to time, you will hear different voices on this page.  And Amelia's is one we all need to hear, so I hope that you will read on about the book she has chosen to share with us. One Sunday while I was in high school I invited a friend to attend church with…
Read More

Where to put my focus?

Lent begins tomorrow, with the remembrance known as Ash Wednesday.  Right now, I'm sitting here anticipating a pancake dinner.  This morning I had a King Cake donut.  Shrove Tuesday is clearly covered, but what comes after?  I don't know about you, but I am still considering my options for a devotional series for the season (and the sugar rush is not helping, I am sure).  I've decided on a theme for this year, but I will write about that elsewhere.  Now I just have to pick a book to be my companion over these next weeks, so, while I have the list narrowed down to just a few, I thought…
Read More

Praying our Goodbyes

Even as we enter the season of Advent, for many of us, there are still so many reasons to seek help with our ever present grief.  Truthfully, the season brings that grief forward for many of us -- the loved ones lost, the opportunities missed, the dreams unrealized. The sparkling lights and merriment all around, these things meant to illuminate and dazzle, often, instead, shine a less than welcome spotlight on the emptiness and pain that lies just below the surface of our daily living. I myself continue to be in one of those dark places where, when the light of the season sneaks in, the first response is pain, not…
Read More

Turn my mourning into dancing…

"You have turned my mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11)," such beautiful, comforting words.  I am, right now, in the middle of one of those difficult times in life, a time when mourning and grief fill my heart and my days, and sit alongside the joy of remembrance and the continuing if somehow diminished presence of a deep and abiding gift of love in my life.  The current state of my life is the topic for another forum, but, this present experience has caused me to seek comfort in reading, as usual. It is often a long path to the right words. My search began with questions that arose during my ecumenical experience…
Read More

A second dose of Strength…

Sometimes good things can get even better.  Someone who has formed me through her writing, possibly more than most who have tried to form me face-to-face, is Diana Butler Bass.  And she has updated and published a new version of one of the most important books in that formation, Strength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community (2017). I haven't dug into the revised version yet, but the echoes of the first one can still be heard in my faith life each and every day.  I had a few things to say about it when I read it in 2012.  I can't wait to read what new words of…
Read More

Rites and rituals, the holy in the everyday

Today, on What We're Reading Now, we hear from a guest reader, Amelia Richardson Dress.  Amelia is a writer, a mom, a passionate advocate for children and families, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who’s always excited to re-discover the holiness of her mundane life. She blogs at Barefoot Family, barefootfamily.me.  From time to time, you will hear different voices on this page.  And Amelia's is one we all need to hear, so I hope that you will read on about the book she has chosen to share with us. One Sunday while I was in high school I invited a friend to attend church with…
Read More

Where to put my focus?

Lent begins tomorrow, with the remembrance known as Ash Wednesday.  Right now, I'm sitting here anticipating a pancake dinner.  This morning I had a King Cake donut.  Shrove Tuesday is clearly covered, but what comes after?  I don't know about you, but I am still considering my options for a devotional series for the season (and the sugar rush is not helping, I am sure).  I've decided on a theme for this year, but I will write about that elsewhere.  Now I just have to pick a book to be my companion over these next weeks, so, while I have the list narrowed down to just a few, I thought…
Read More

Praying our Goodbyes

Even as we enter the season of Advent, for many of us, there are still so many reasons to seek help with our ever present grief.  Truthfully, the season brings that grief forward for many of us -- the loved ones lost, the opportunities missed, the dreams unrealized. The sparkling lights and merriment all around, these things meant to illuminate and dazzle, often, instead, shine a less than welcome spotlight on the emptiness and pain that lies just below the surface of our daily living. I myself continue to be in one of those dark places where, when the light of the season sneaks in, the first response is pain, not…
Read More

Turn my mourning into dancing…

"You have turned my mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11)," such beautiful, comforting words.  I am, right now, in the middle of one of those difficult times in life, a time when mourning and grief fill my heart and my days, and sit alongside the joy of remembrance and the continuing if somehow diminished presence of a deep and abiding gift of love in my life.  The current state of my life is the topic for another forum, but, this present experience has caused me to seek comfort in reading, as usual. It is often a long path to the right words. My search began with questions that arose during my ecumenical experience…
Read More

A second dose of Strength…

Sometimes good things can get even better.  Someone who has formed me through her writing, possibly more than most who have tried to form me face-to-face, is Diana Butler Bass.  And she has updated and published a new version of one of the most important books in that formation, Strength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community (2017). I haven't dug into the revised version yet, but the echoes of the first one can still be heard in my faith life each and every day.  I had a few things to say about it when I read it in 2012.  I can't wait to read what new words of…
Read More

Rites and rituals, the holy in the everyday

Today, on What We're Reading Now, we hear from a guest reader, Amelia Richardson Dress.  Amelia is a writer, a mom, a passionate advocate for children and families, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who’s always excited to re-discover the holiness of her mundane life. She blogs at Barefoot Family, barefootfamily.me.  From time to time, you will hear different voices on this page.  And Amelia's is one we all need to hear, so I hope that you will read on about the book she has chosen to share with us. One Sunday while I was in high school I invited a friend to attend church with…
Read More

Where to put my focus?

Lent begins tomorrow, with the remembrance known as Ash Wednesday.  Right now, I'm sitting here anticipating a pancake dinner.  This morning I had a King Cake donut.  Shrove Tuesday is clearly covered, but what comes after?  I don't know about you, but I am still considering my options for a devotional series for the season (and the sugar rush is not helping, I am sure).  I've decided on a theme for this year, but I will write about that elsewhere.  Now I just have to pick a book to be my companion over these next weeks, so, while I have the list narrowed down to just a few, I thought…
Read More

Praying our Goodbyes

Even as we enter the season of Advent, for many of us, there are still so many reasons to seek help with our ever present grief.  Truthfully, the season brings that grief forward for many of us -- the loved ones lost, the opportunities missed, the dreams unrealized. The sparkling lights and merriment all around, these things meant to illuminate and dazzle, often, instead, shine a less than welcome spotlight on the emptiness and pain that lies just below the surface of our daily living. I myself continue to be in one of those dark places where, when the light of the season sneaks in, the first response is pain, not…
Read More

Turn my mourning into dancing…

"You have turned my mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11)," such beautiful, comforting words.  I am, right now, in the middle of one of those difficult times in life, a time when mourning and grief fill my heart and my days, and sit alongside the joy of remembrance and the continuing if somehow diminished presence of a deep and abiding gift of love in my life.  The current state of my life is the topic for another forum, but, this present experience has caused me to seek comfort in reading, as usual. It is often a long path to the right words. My search began with questions that arose during my ecumenical experience…
Read More