New Heaven, New Earth

You may be craving some sense of stability or peace these days; change is a constant in our lives, especially if you’re paying attention to the news. Take a moment to read this reflection from Deacon David about how recent political events have impacted his own thinking….   New Heaven, New Earth       The events ...

Ending and Beginning

Ending and Beginning… A Reflection from Deacon David   The tee-shirts and sweatshirts on sale throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, including Ironwood, at the far western tip, are known for their creativity and irony (no pun intended—this has long been known as Iron Country, after all). I love the one that proudly proclaims: “The U.P.—where the ...

Living into Wholeness

From Deacon David…   Living into Wholeness I played whiffle ball at the lake with my grandson yesterday. It is shocking how much a 13-year old can grow in a year. He has become a serious threat as a third baseman. His brother, the 15-year old wrestler in the family—now taller than his mother—is both ...

A Guide to Mental Health for Seniors

A Guide to Mental Health for Seniors
This guest post is from Jason Lewis. Jason Lewis is a personal trainer who became the primary caretaker for his mother after surgery.  You can read more about him at strongwell.org.   A Guide to Mental Health for Seniors  In a recent article published by Lohud, senior centers insisted that stigmas associated with psychological counseling are simply ...

the Silence of Ordinary Time

A space large enough to encompass the wonder …from Deacon David Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again, Because a vision softly creeping, Left its seeds while I was sleeping, And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains Within the sound of silence   The last three ...

Do you hear that?

From Deacon David…   The Sounds of Silence I wrote last week that the “story of how spirit animates matter and how self-offering releases spirit is the narrative of Ordinary Time.” When I read these eighteen words today, they seem simultaneously loaded and empty. Religious language often has this paradoxical quality: it may sound deeply ...

Launching into Ordinary Time

From Deacon David…   Truth is Hidden in Plain Sight Burna and I are on our annual summer pilgrimage to the Great Lakes to visit Burna’s mother, our daughters and their families, and special friends. In a friend’s home in Kearney, Nebraska, every room has pictures of wild iris and bamboo, calligraphy scrolls, delicate ceramics, ...

The Orchid and The Universe

From Deacon David…   The Orchid and The Universe It’s the week between Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. Last Sunday Rev. Denise spoke about shared human experience—the heart-to-heart experiences of music, love, mercy, kindness, and joy. This coming Sunday we’ll receive Bishop Francis and together ordain Bonnie as a deacon. I’m feeling lifted up by the ...

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