Sacred Objects: Gift-Giving

The sacredness of gift-giving does not come naturally to me. One holiday season when I was a child, my mother and I went to visit a friend of hers. Mom entrusted me with the role of carrying the gift she was bringing, and of physically handing it off. As soon as we got in the […]

“There is a sacredness in tears,” writes American author Washington Irving. “They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.” But how so? I want to approach this question from three different angles, and the angles will then converge and take us straight to where we […]

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 […]