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Unmasked

Before masks became standard operating equipment and before they were politicized, masks were fun. You wore them at a costume ball or acting in a Shakespeare play.


Who Runs the Church?

Jesus runs the church, with my help and yours. More frequently, Jesus runs the church, despite my help and yours.


I Love to Tell the Story

You do not need to be ordained to proclaim good news. You do not need a gift for rhetoric to touch people’s spirits. You need to be willing to share stories from your life.


Locating Pain

Healing begins with recognizing where harm has located itself. What damage has been caused. Noticing it. Pointing to where it hurts. Locating the pain and naming it.


The Opportunity of the Fire

The Great Mystery does not cause terrible things to happen to punish us or teach us a lesson or make us stronger. Instead, the Holy Spirit helps us to make the best of any tragedy.


123

I am 59, with a few things I am proud of doing, and good work still to do, I hope. What would I do if I had the gift of 123 years? What would you?


I Believe We Will Win!

The person on the bullhorn began, ‘I believe we will win! I believe we will win!’ I repeated the words with the crowd, but inside I was asking, ‘Is this true?’


I’m Back!

Jesus told us not to be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. It is only when we face and overcome our fears of death that we become free to live.


Burning

God, set fire to our hearts instead of the world: that we can learn to live with and not against the Earth, and the people who know Her best.


Dude in the Ditch

The burning question of the parable is: Are you willing to be rescued by someone you despise, someone you assume despises you?