How Do You Hear From God? Part II

I've felt a closeness to God much of my life, but there have only been a handful of times when I felt like I "heard" God (not audibly) directing me personally. I'm writing about these times because they factor into why I feel God is shifting my calling of 35 years as...

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How Do you Hear From God? Part I

How do you hear from God? And by that I mean, is God actually trying to communicate with us individually about specifics in our life, our choices, our priorities, our jobs etc.? Or does God just communicate in generalities that are intended for all humanity like,...

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What Happened to “Open Heart, Open Minds, Open Hands”?

From The New York Times: The United Methodist Church on Tuesday voted to strengthen its ban on gay and lesbian clergy and same-sex marriages, a decision that could split the nation’s second-largest Protestant church. After three days of intense debate at a conference...

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Some of the Things I Think God Does and Doesn’t Do

Western Systematic theology, often as influenced by Plato as the Scriptures, has a category called the “Attributes of God: the communicable and incommunicable.” Please keep reading, it gets better! You can hear the main word in the phrase, “Systematic theology,”...

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Deeply Unsettled

I HAVE A FEW confessions. First, I’m a white woman. So you should wonder why I’m writing an article about Black History Month. If a Black person was asked to write this, there is a risk that (s)he might have felt tokenized, or chosen merely because of a particular...

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This Day, That Will Only Happen Once

Well, of all things, I was invited to open the Session of the Colorado Senate this Monday morning. Actually, two of us prayed: Dilpreet, a Sikh and a colleague I know through our involvement with the Interfaith Alliance, prayed first, then I. Rightfully so, prayers...

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Back from Chiberia

From last Sunday to Wednesday, co-pastor Rachael McClair and I were at our friend's lake house on Lake Michigan, 25 miles outside of Chicago. Our friend had invited 5 people from around the country to help her on a particular aspect of her thesis for her Doctorate of...

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Live Today and See Tomorrow

This past Monday we celebrated the life of Peter Wing who died suddenly in a fluke skiing accident on Sunday, Jan. 13. His parents, Chris and Lala, have been a rich part of our church community for years. This past Monday an over-capacity crowd of people deeply...

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Love in a Mix of Grief and Joy

I've sometimes wondered why, given the extremes in temperature that can happen in one day in Colorado, our skin doesn't just crack and fall off, what with all that shrinking and expanding. Similarly - but with more emotional impact - some days have extreme pain or...

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A Few Words on Grey Hair

In the kitchenette at church there is a picture of me on the fridge from one of the Christmas Gala’s in year’s past with my mouth strangely gaped open. First of all, I should note that over my lifetime, the number of photos where my face is not strangely contorted or...

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The One and Same World God Has Always Loved

I’ve never been accused of planning things way in advance but I started my New Year’s resolution for 2019 in the beginning of November 2018. I made my resolve in November because Leanne and I were in Rome and something really impactful happened there. Many of you know...

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Where Did You Notice God This Year?

Sometimes I feel like a deer-in-the-headlights when asked this. But it’s a really good question to practice answering. Celtic Christians hold the belief that God is ever-present with Creation, so they cultivate an awareness of the Sacred in all times and places, with...

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My Christmas Wish for All of Us

"Stink! Stank! Stunk!" These are the three words used to describe Mr. Grinch, the miscreant who stole Christmas. "Bah! Humbug!" These are the two words Ebenezer Scrooge used to express his disgust with all things Christmas. "Drivel!" This is the one word Grumpy Tidd...

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Led to Jesus by an Eight-Year-Old

A couple weeks ago after church, 8-year-old Gianna DiPrince asked me to pray with her. She was feeling really sad because 7 of the 8 fish they had bought and put in their new aquarium died. Before we prayed together she had grabbed one of the lanyards that members of...

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Gala Time and the Belle of the Ball

Six years ago Monique Crine, who was not yet married to Brett Johnson (but he was hopelessly smitten) pointed out to me that something was missing from our church. We just didn’t have enough fun altogether. We needed more parties. “Actually”, she said, “we should have...

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