26 Sep

Mental Health and Wholeness for All

No matter how or when it happens, the news of someone taking his or her own life is shocking and horrifying.  As a society, we have made important strides in mental health education and treatment, but suicide remains greatly stigmatized and misunderstood.  The recent deaths...

19 Sep

A Testament to God’s Faithfulness

It is finally here.  After two and a half years of praying, planning, raising money, moving and washing pipes, pursuing county permits, enduring the noise and inevitable mess of renovations and converting the balcony to a pipe chamber, and overcoming numerous obstacles and setbacks, this...

06 Sep

Never. Alone.

I have been in church all my life.  That means, among other things, that there are certain scriptures that I have heard, read and studied dozens, if not hundreds, of times.  Yet one of the fun and significant aspects of scripture is that no matter...

15 Aug

Company is Coming!

Company’s coming!  These two words have the power to spur me to action like almost nothing else can do. This past weekend, a group of friends gathered around my dining room table to celebrate two birthdays.  These are friends I have known for the better part...

08 Aug

The Fleeting Abundance of Summer’s End

What are your favorite memories of summer?  For some of us, food plays a major role in defining what “summer” means to us.  Homemade ice cream, ice-cold watermelon, steaks or burgers on the grill, fresh corn on the cob, and chins that are sticky with...

03 Aug

A New Way of Seeing…Ourselves, Others, & the World

Second Sight Sometimes, you need the ocean light, and colors you’ve never seen before painted through an evening sky. Sometimes you need your God to be a simple invitation, not a telling word of wisdom. Sometimes you need only the first shyness that comes from being shown things far beyond your understanding, so that you...