First, Rest: Story of a Retreat (Part Three)

I recently went on a silent retreat at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York. Holy Cross Monastery is a Benedictine monastery in the Anglican Communion, and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. A number of monks reside there, and the primary ministry of the monastery is to provide for individual and group retreats, … Continue reading First, Rest: Story of a Retreat (Part Three)

First, Rest: Story of a Retreat (Part Two)

I recently went on a silent retreat at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York. Holy Cross Monastery is a Benedictine monastery in the Anglican Communion, and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. A number of monks reside there, and the primary ministry of the monastery is to provide for individual and group retreats, … Continue reading First, Rest: Story of a Retreat (Part Two)

First, Rest: The Story of a Retreat (Part One)

I recently went on a silent retreat at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York. Holy Cross Monastery is a Benedictine monastery in the Anglican Communion, and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. A number of monks reside there, and the primary ministry of the monastery is to provide for individual and group retreats, … Continue reading First, Rest: The Story of a Retreat (Part One)

Rhythm of Resilience – The Daily W’s

Some weeks ago, my therapist suggested something, and it's stuck with me since. We were talking about how easily I slide into depression, and he said something like, "Do you think there might be an addictive component here?" He wasn't diagnosing. He wasn't accusing. He was just speculating. But it's been a very fruitful avenue … Continue reading Rhythm of Resilience – The Daily W’s

The Lord’s Prayer – Annotated (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, July 28, 2019. The lectionary text was Luke 11:1-13. How well do you know how to pray? If you're like a lot of Christians, you probably think, "not so well." Yet, I bet you know how to pray better than you think. Jesus’ … Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer – Annotated (Sermon)

Sit and Listen, a Guided Meditation (Sermon)

Today's sermon was a "prayer journey," a type of guided meditation. As such, instead of a blog post, I present it as an audio recording. It's about eight minutes long. Feel free to listen to it below. https://youtu.be/v-OavRvUz-Y Featured image by Waltteri Paulaharju from Pixabay

Praying Together About the Things We Can’t Talk About

We are living in very polarizing times today. In the United States, it has become increasingly difficult to hold a conversation about a political topic with people who disagree with you. Friendships and family relationships have become frayed and painful. Family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, have in some families become times of great anxiety and … Continue reading Praying Together About the Things We Can’t Talk About

Red Prayer, Blue Prayer

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. I left the lectionary behind today, and used this gospel text: Matthew 6:25-33. Jesus tells us not to worry. Don’t worry about what you will eat, what you will drink, what you will wear. Consider the lilies of the field. The birds of … Continue reading Red Prayer, Blue Prayer

Labyrinth #9: Community United Methodist Church, Ocean Pines, MD

I enjoy walking labyrinths. Labyrinths are maze-like structures that have been used as spiritual tools for centuries. There are many of them around, and I am in the habit of trying to visit a lot of them. For more information about labyrinths, check out The Labyrinth Society.   I'm currently on vacation in Ocean View, … Continue reading Labyrinth #9: Community United Methodist Church, Ocean Pines, MD

Hidden with Christ #6: The Leftovers

This is one of a series of posts I’m writing this week about a retreat I attended at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY on March 3-5, 2017. The theme of the retreat was “Living Hidden in Christ with God,” a reference to Colossians 3:1-4. I can’t talk about it all in a single blog post, because there … Continue reading Hidden with Christ #6: The Leftovers