Poet Anne Sexton describes courage as “a small coal / that you kept swallowing.” It’s a powerful metaphor. As early as 1550 B.C., ancient Egyptians used a certain kind of charcoal to treat poisons and toxins. It absorbs them, renders them harmless. And so we keep swallowing the small coal of courage, so that despite […]

“The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges,” says writer Orham Pamuk , “through affection, attention, interest and compassion … open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details, and irony.” And then poet Mary Oliver: she says, Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell […]

PART 1 Mark Gorkin, the “Stress Doc,” offers us a poetic anthem to burnout and beyond: For the phoenix to rise from the ashes One must know the pain To transform the fire to burning desire. Each of the services that makes up the BURNOUT worship series is about knowing a certain kind of pain […]

Under Pressure: Youth Sunday

1st Homily “Burnt Out” by Kolya Souvorin 150 years ago, American philosopher and psychologist William James said “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” (pause) Wow! If only fighting stress was that easy! All jokes aside, even the most ordinary events of life can start to add up and […]

“You do not have to be good,” says poet Mary Oliver. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. That’s what “embodied spirituality” is about. Let the soft animal of your […]