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Our theme this Advent season is Mystery.  It’s a powerful word and idea.  It’s the kind of word that demands more words, to get to the bottom of it.  Or, the surrender of all words, silence, to confess there is no bottom.  “Be still…,” Psalm 46:10.  “No one knows…,” Matthew 24:36

This week I reopened Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, and she says, “Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery…We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what’s going on here.  Then we can at least wail the right question...

Only a few days left until the end of the year – the end of the liturgical year, that is.  This coming Sunday marks the final Sunday of the ecumenical church calendar and is followed by the beginning of Advent, a rebooted cycle in the life of the church.

Although I did not grow up with it, I have come to love the lectionary and liturgical cycle.  The current lectionary is organized as a three year cycle and was created in the early 90’s by Catholic and Protestant groups.  The practice of weekly scripture readings on an annual cycle, a lectionary, may very well go back to Jewish...

Last evening I attended the annual assembly of BREAD – Building Responsibility, Equality, And Dignity.  Many of you know this better than I, but in case not: BREAD is a county wide interfaith organization that selects one pressing social issue per year on which to try and make a significant positive impact.  Issues of past years include immigration, pay day lending, housing, and restorative justice in the juvenile courts.  One of the (many) speakers at last evening’s assembly was Judge Elizabeth Gill who has been helping form Community Restorative Circles which work with first time...

Today I came across a quote attributed to Thomas Merton: “If the you of five years ago doesn’t consider the you of today a heretic, you are not growing spiritually.”  I’m a little leery to pass it along because it doesn’t have a specific reference to one of Merton’s writings.  It wouldn’t be the first time someone came up with a provocative quote and attributed it to a spiritual giant to give it more punch.  It certainly seems like something Merton could have written, or said.  A devout Trappist monk, he was one of the leading 20th century figures who pioneered...

Our family has been living in our house for about three months now (My first month at CMC, you may remember, was homeless and wife-and-kids-less).  The moving in process is slow but rewarding.  In the last week we have hung curtains, organized our dining rooms shelves, found the just-right color/design/size rug for the living room, and even hung a few things up on the walls.  It’s amazing what you can get done when you don’t have a child in the hospital. 

Clintonville is a beautiful neighborhood.  Our neighbors are fantastic, Oakland Park Ave is gorgeous in the fall, our kids are in...

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