Tikkun Olam

In Jewish teachings,  the Hebrew words tikkun olam signify any activity that improves the world, bringing it closer to the harmonious state for which it was created. I think, literally, the Hebrew means “the healing of the world.” Imagine that, for just a minute.  Imagine making choices, big and small, all day long, that would improve our little corner of … Read More

A Holy Heartbeat

    I had fifteen ideas for blog posts tumbling around in my head and now they are gone. (Note to self: write them down.) This week has been a bit more complicated by having to re-set and re-group because a congregation’s plans changed, a candidate discerned a calling to another place, an appointment was a no-show, and a loved … Read More

Grace and Gratitude

    It feels like it’s day 1,275 of the pandemic. So much of what brings us joy, and so much of what we seek to share when times are difficult are unavailable to us. Worship, meetings, family reunions, graduations, all virtual, are causing our eyes to cross and feel veiled in sadness. The challenge of being out in the … Read More

Rescuing Brussels Sprouts

      My husband, Dan, and I went out to the grocery store yesterday afternoon for a few items. We passed a small tent as we were walking in that contained some bedraggled looking annuals and a few random planters. What caught our eye, however, were vegetable and herb plants. Weary, worn and sad, as the old hymn goes, … Read More

A Recipe for Endurance

  ” Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. So then, let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9 (Common English Bible) Mrs. Lois Williams is one of my heroes in the household … Read More

How Long, O Lord?

Photo by Quincy Worthington There is no question that our nation and our world are struggling and while we have a novel coronavirus in our world, there’s nothing novel or new about the tension in our country surrounding the treatment of people of color and the disproportionate impact of poverty, violence, health challenges,  and more upon people of color, and … Read More

A Better Way

It’s early on Sunday morning on the last day of May of 2020 as I write this.  It’s been a year of pain and challenge of varying proportions for the people of the world. Since the beginning of March, we have been contending with an invisible virus of power the likes of which many of us have never experienced.  The … Read More

Matthew 25 and us

        It’s kind of a steady drumbeat in my head. “Eradicate systemic poverty. Dismantle structural racism. Build congregational vitality.” These simple, packed sentences are the foci of the Matthew 25 initiative in the PC(USA).  And my, does the world need the Church to attend to these things and in so doing, share the gospel. Our presbytery signed … Read More

For the Time Being

  Dear sisters and brothers, siblings in Christ, Yesterday’s national news concerning a declaration that churches are essential and that governors should require them to “re-open” provides the Presbytery of Wabash Valley an opportunity to reach out to our congregations to reiterate what we communicated in March and April and again in May:  the Book of Order is clear in … Read More

A Gracious Plenty

I love the  expression “a gracious plenty.”  It’s an idiom that means “a generous amount” or “an elegant sufficiency.” Used to describe a robust Thanksgiving meal or more than enough resources to engage, it’s a positive description.  (“My garden yielded a gracious plenty of spring flowers.”)  It’s not an expression to describe the massive amount of shifts, changes, adaptations, new … Read More