Monthly Archives: September 2015

Presence

When I was in elementary school, at the beginning of every day’s class the teacher would call the roll. “Olivia Bigger,” she would say. And Olivia would answer, “Here.” And so on through the alphabet: “Clarence Crittenden.” “Present.” “Leanne Davidson.” “Here.” “Naston Manley.” “Here.” “Richard Neal.” . . . “Here.” But was I really there? […]

Silence

Few things are as calming, grounding, and renewing for me as the quiet, solitary hours I spend in the woods and fields from mid September to mid November. The stresses, challenges, or fears that burden my life begin to resolve and fall away almost as soon as I leave the well-traveled roads and enter the […]

Two lessons from the Mayflower

The day on which I write this is the anniversary 395 years ago of the sailing of the ship Mayflower for the New World. It was chartered by a group of merchants known as “the London Adventurers” and carried 102 settlers. I can only guess what visions and dreams motivated those Adventurers and settlers. I’d […]

Coming home

Fourteen years ago last Friday, in the outrage of September 11, 2001, we lost our home, the carefully constructed and maintained illusion that we were somehow insulated from the deep turmoil of the rest of the world. But for a fleeting moment we gained something more important. Now the question is, can we keep it […]

Back to school

Today we’re helping equip some young students to change the world. Nelson Mandela said education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. And we in The United Methodist Church “affirm the joining of reason and faith” in comprehensive education for every person. So we have blessed the backpacks of these […]