The Rev. Charlie Cook

Tuesday – December 1 Psalms 5,6; Amos 3:1-11; Matthew 21:12-22   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: The Rev. Charlie Cook Advent Meditation Amos was known as a prophet with an edge. A sharp edge. He spoke of the consequence of Israel’s unfaithfulness—there will be a price to pay on the Day … read more

Greg Warren

Monday – November 30 Psalms 1,2,3; Amos 2:6-16; Matthew 21:1-11   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: Gregory Warren Advent Meditation Black Friday marks the official kickoff to the Christmas shopping season in this country. Each year, the Thanksgiving night spectacle is filled with reports of shoppers brawling over the latest ‘it’ toy […]

The Rev. Dave Scheider, DMin

Sunday – November 29 Psalms 146,147; Amos 1:1-5, 13, 2:8; Luke 21:5-19     Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer:  The Rev. Dave Scheider Advent Meditation My wife is a professional organizer. When a client shows her a cluttered, chaotic room, she asks “What is your vision for this room?  How do you […]

The Metaphor of the Prism

The Pew Research Center has recently reported on the “Nones,” that demographic segment that states that they have no preference for any religious affiliation. Some of these Nones, however, state that they are still concerned about some form of spirituality. Perhaps, then, there is still a good possibility that we can engage them on a […]

The Rust Club

The following homily was preached by The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Dean and President of Seminary of the Southwest, on Monday, November 16, 2015. “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field which someone found and hid then in his joy, he goes and sells all that he has and buys […]

Who Needs a Hygge Today?

I recently learned that Danish people live by a concept known as hygge (pronounced “heurrga,” with some guttural action involved).1 Though difficult to translate, the word—which can be a noun, an adjective, or a verb, and which may be related to our word hug—means something like “taking pleasure from gentle, soothing things.” Warm pools of […]

Patterns or Projection

There have been a series of popular bumper stickers in recent times with the words “coexist,” or “tolerance” or “believe” written with the various symbols of world religions. Much like the “Darwin fish” that have arisen to mock the once popular automobile Christian fish symbol, there has now arisen and interesting mockery of this series […]

Eat that Marshmallow!

A recent article in The Guardian caught my eye: “Self-control saps memory resources.” What? There’s a down side to virtue? Here’s the history. In a 1960s experiment, researchers gave small children a marshmallow and told them that if they could hold off eating the marshmallow for a certain amount of time, they would be rewarded […]

A Strange Epiphany at a Marketing Meeting

Martin Buber described two ways of relating, I-It or I-Thou. In I-It, we relate to the other as an object we can classify, compare, contrast or dissect. In I-Thou we encounter the other’s essence and experience the depths rather than the surface. I discovered recently how easy it is to drift into an I-It relationship […]