Monthly Archives: February 2014

Habitat for divinity

Can Buffalo ever come back? That was the question posed by The New York Sun seven years ago. It’s a question a lot of people are asking today about The United Methodist Church, at least in Europe and North America. The answer for Buffalo, it appears, is turning out to be “yes.” In the case […]

The choice

Simple instructions can be dangerous things. Far from helping me do what I want to do, they can sometimes reduce my ego to a pile of rubble. Take for example my effort to connect a new TV and sound bar with an old DVD player – a simple task, I thought naively. After at least […]

Choice and blessing

“The distresses of choice are our chance to be blessed.” —W.H. Auden

The spice of life

Variety is the spice of life, they say. Life is more interesting when it includes a variety of experiences, and the wider the variety the more interesting it becomes. Variety also seems to be the spice of creation, something that may make heaven and earth more interesting to God. When I take even a cursory […]

Retreat

“Wherever I am, the world comes after me. It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it. Now I understand why the old poets of China went so far and high into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.” ―Mary Oliver

Ripening

“It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you understanding” (van Gogh). The frenetic pace in which we live our days today allows no opportunity to look at things for a long time. We do everything under the sun but ripen.

The pursuit of happiness

“When I was in grade school, they told me to write down what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, I told them they didn’t understand life.” —John Lennon Today is Candlemas, a significant feast that has grown largely out of favor with Protestants these […]