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    Catch Me

    Catch Me

    This one comes from Andrew Taylor-Troutman.  A new friend, who is joining the church I serve, offered a Rumi reading to me from his morning devotional: Hold up a mirror to your worst destructive habits, for that is how the real making begins. ~ 1995 was my first year of high school. That spring, my […]

    Buster

    Buster

    This reflection comes to us from Rob Jirucha. Things like that always happen to you,” a good friend once said. This following a set of stitches on my chin from a dumpster behind a grocery store. Long story. But true enough. Like the family trip to Newport, Rhode Island. Over the unnecessarily too-high, pee-my-pants bridge. To […]

    Lucid Absurdities: The Gospel and a Life of Meaning

    Lucid Absurdities: The Gospel and a Life of Meaning

    This one comes to us from the Rev. Aaron Boerst. Have you ever been on the receiving end of the kind of inquisitive gaze that makes a person look like a confused puppy? I have. Everybody has at least one friend who, without warning and without frame of reference, bursts into a conversation with some […]

    The Difficulty of Drawing Near the Suffering

    The Difficulty of Drawing Near the Suffering

    This comes to us from Father Kenneth Tanner.  When I first came to the parish I serve, there were about twenty persons over the age of seventy. We have since buried a few, some have retired to Florida or warmer states, but until recently about half were still active participants in our worship and community. […]

    Deep Water

    Deep Water

    This one comes to us from Jay Wamsted. It was only after the Parkland tragedy that the high school where I teach began having active shooter drills. We had dusty protocols in place already, and I can remember doing some sort of drill years ago. This winter, however, we reacted to the mass shooting in […]

    Sweet Syrup

    Sweet Syrup

    This reflection comes to us from Catherine Hause. It seems quiet moments are hard to come by lately. However, the ruckus resides mainly in my own head. I am often alone during the day, but my whirling thoughts remain my constant companion, pulling me this way and that with the boundless energy of a toddler. Each […]

    Warning: Warnings Are Useless

    Warning: Warnings Are Useless

    This one comes to us from Troy Elliott. When it comes to monkeys, I have been warned. Back in graduate school, many many years ago, I landed a great gig staffing a university’s music library. The library was housed not within the confines of the university’s main library but within a dank basement of the […]

    The Law, My Apple Watch, and Booze Cruise Breakthroughs

    The Law, My Apple Watch, and Booze Cruise Breakthroughs

    This one comes to us from Scott Dalton. Scott, you can still close all 3 [fitness] rings today. Go for a brisk, 40-minute walk, and be sure to stand and move a bit each hour.” “All three of your [fitness] rings are usually farther along by now. You’ve got time to get back on track.” […]

    My Most Selfish Prayer

    My Most Selfish Prayer

    This one comes to us from Andrew Taylor-Troutman: Dear Lord: let me die before my wife. I’m bouncing our baby daughter on my lap as she drools on a wooden rattle. Her mom makes pancakes every Saturday morning, but the baby has only recently gotten her first taste. Our middle child, age two and a […]

    The Road Beaten Hard

    The Road Beaten Hard

    This one was written by Maddy Green.  By the time I’ve finished breakfast, I’ve planned out the whole day, to the half-hour, for both myself and my spouse. I’ve mapped out the car schedule to be most fuel-efficient and to maximize ride-sharing to and from work; I’ve squeezed in a grocery shop and several other […]

    For God So Loved the World Cup

    For God So Loved the World Cup

    This post was written by our World Cup correspondent, Sam Bush. Every four years, there is a striking contrast between the Olympics and the World Cup. The older child (born in 1896)—noble, beautiful, self-aware—verses the wilder youngster who would rather skip the opening ceremonies and just play the game. We congratulate the Olympics for making […]

    Theorizing, Grieving, and Feeling Scared: Grappling with Modern Discourses on Suicide

    Theorizing, Grieving, and Feeling Scared: Grappling with Modern Discourses on Suicide

    Very grateful for this piece by Sarah Gates.  Almost five years ago, my father died from suicide. The violence of his death, and the suffering that preceded it, marked the tearing of a temple curtain in my life. Since then, I’ve found myself in positions I never imagined that I’d be in—traumatized by certain violent […]