In a recent interview with poet Ross Gay, Krista Tippet suggested that his work could be summarized as seeing “joy as a calling precisely in a moment like this.”  The “moment like this” is our present condition of environmental degradation, blatant white nationalism, and general anxiety about the trajectory of our nation and species.  These are precisely the conditions that can make joy seem irresponsible — the possession of the privileged few, or those oblivious to reality.  Not so, says Ross Gay.  Not...

I arrived back from vacation last Wednesday.  Usually this time of year is slower – a natural
time to step away.  But this last week
hasn’t been slow – due mainly to our congregation being in the thick of
immigrant justice work these days.

Last Wednesday we hosted the monthly Interfaith Justice
Table breakfast, attended by clergy and non-profit leaders.  Edith had some time to update people on the
large fine issued against her from ICE.  Her
attorney is looking for ways to issue a legal challenge to the excessive fine,
received by about 10...

Last week I, along with a number of other people from CMC, attended the biennial Mennonite Church USA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.  These conventions are always packed full of good conversations with friends, meaningful worship services, challenging and thought-provoking seminars, and lots and lots of walking (my step counter was over 30,000 one of the days). 

All of the worship services this year had the same central scripture passage that was unpacked by various speakers in different ways.  That passage was John 20:19-23, where Jesus appears to the disciples after the...

It’s church conference season.

This past weekend seven of us from CMC went up to Milwaukee
to attend the Central District Conference annual gathering.  There are 45 congregations within CDC, including
three new members, affirmed by delegate vote: Americus (Georgia), Emmanuel
(Sarasota, Florida), and Jubilee (Bellefontaine, Ohio). 

CDC has a wide geographical range – from St. Paul, Minnesota
to Sarasota; from Ames, Iowa to Harrisonburg, Virginia.  CMC is one of the larger congregations.  The hosts, a small congregation that rents worship

On Sunday Abbie and I celebrated our 18th
anniversary.  We decided our marriage is
now officially an adult.  I don’t think
we get a third vote at the polls.  Life has
been full of what feels like very adult tasks – raising a family, maintaining a
property, work responsibilities.

My parents treated us with a hotel stay in Yellow Springs
while they kept the girls.  It was a
mini-retreat.  Time was unhurried.  Conversations were uninterrupted.  We ate good food prepared and cleared by
someone else.  The rain mostly held off...