The silent snow comes down white and weightless; snowfall makes no noise, falls as forgetting falls, flake after flake. These words of Miguel de Unamuno help me to understand my experience this past Friday when the snow fell. I felt divided in two. One part understood instinctively that it was a time to get out […]

This morning’s worship on the theme of “Embrace Uncertainty” is the first service in a series entitled “In the Mystery of the Hour”. We’ll be singing “Gathered Here” wrapped around a quote near the top of each of our services, which is very special to me because that was the sung invocation at my home […]

“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 […]

SERMON, PART 1 Neuroscientists Andrew Newberg and Eugene D’Aquili say something fascinating in their book Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief. One of their many experiments involved injecting radioactive material into people practiced in meditation and prayer. The radioactive “stuff” was injected only when the folks meditating or praying […]