These past two weeks I’ve had an unusually high amount of
conversations with CMC folks who are overwhelmed with their jobs.  Overly busy, swamped, worn down, exhausted,
exasperated.  I started noticing a
pattern last week, then it kept coming. 
This is likely not an unusual condition. 
It’s just unusual for it to dominate the content of so many of my own
interactions with CMC folks. 

So I’m highlighting it here. 
Since we are Practicing Awareness during Lent, I’m passing along what
has come to my awareness.  In case you

This morning I attended the Interfaith Justice Table.  It’s a monthly breakfast, convened by Rev. Dan Clark, Ohio Director of Faith in Public Life.    There were about 30 of us – mostly clergy and leaders of various faith driven not for profit advocacy groups.  There were some common commitments that initially drew this group together – especially regarding racial bias and police accountability.  The group has been very supportive of Edith and Sanctuary work.  It has also become a gathering point for various concerns and efforts.  Plus Dan makes a great breakfast casserole.


This Lent season our worship focus is Practicing Awareness.  For our family, this coincides with settling in to a new house.  There’s nothing like moving to raise your awareness.  How many boxes does it take to clean out a closet?  A garage?

When you move, just about everything calls for your
attention.  How many address change
notifications can we do today?  In which
box is the tape?  In which drawer did you
put the spatula?  Where’s my coat?  Where’s the bathroom?       

In new surroundings I feel extra aware.  I’m interested in every new...

Our theme for Lent this year is “Practicing Awareness,” and we will begin to explore what this means during our Ash Wednesday service this evening at 7p in the sanctuary.  This will be a short service that will include not only the usual scripture reading, prayer, and singing but also plenty of time for silence and stillness.  We will put ashes on each other’s forehead and say the words, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return.” 

These words are a way of practicing awareness of our own mortality, but they are also a reminder that it is within and through these mortal...

“I am one with the
source insofar as I act as a source, by making everything I have received flow
again—just like Jesus.”

-Raimon Panikkar, Christophany

I love this line from today’s Inward/Outward
daily quote.  It fits well
with our stewardship series.  It’s a good
image – to think of our time, talents, and treasure as things that flow.  They are things we have received flowing
towards us from the Source. We have choices about whether we allow them...