Tag Archives: church

Gather us in

Yesterday was Homecoming Sunday in our congregation, time to come home again from all the places where life scatters us, time to gather in that place where, as the saying goes, when you go there they have to take you in. A day for reconnecting with a place where some important roots have been sunk and […]

On keeping Sabbath

Today is the anniversary of Emily Dickinson’s birth in 1830. According to The Writers Almanac, she published fewer than 15 poems during her lifetime. Most of her poems were enclosed in letters or given with gifts. When Dickinson died in 1886, her sister-in-law wrote in an obituary: “Very few in the village, excepting among the older inhabitants, […]

A school for the Lord’s service

Perhaps the best description of the church I know – the church that seems to be emerging for a new generation of Christians in the twenty-first century – is also one of the oldest and most enduring. It was developed nearly 1,500 years ago by the leader of a small Christian community in central Italy, […]

You are called to belong

There’s almost no human need more basic than our need to be loved and to belong. Psychologists tell us that once we have what it takes to keep us physically alive and safe from harm, our deepest need is to be truly valued and to know we belong to a community: a family, a network […]