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Celebrating in the Dark

"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” (Haldir of Lothlórien)¹Today we come to an occasion of remembrance...

Eating of the Tree of Life

Western people have for decades had a major problem with the whole notion of a Creator who demands praise and thanksgiving from his creatures. “What kind of God is that? Is he so insecure that he is in need of the praise of his own creatures? If he was really...

Thanking The Universe

The question of the role of faith in the public square has perhaps never been a more sensitive and complex than it is today. As we become a more and more secular culture, all around we see a redefinition, and sometimes dismissal, of traditions and practices that have...

Growing Roots in a Political Storm

No matter where I turn today there seems to be conversation of the fact that we live on the edge of a political doomsday. My left leaning democratic friends are deeply unsatisfied with Hillary and her long story of dirty money and business. My right leaning friends...

Looking to a Better Future

What do you see when you look into the future? I’m not talking about magically predicting what is to come. No, I am asking you to look beneath the surface of your daily thoughts and challenges and see what you are looking forward to. Perhaps you’ve never consciously...

When Life Doesn’t Go Your Way

We all have dreams early on. Though we may never stop and put it into words there is a sense of the good life toward which we strive. Expectation simmers. Hope abounds. We work hard, we pursue, we apply ourselves. And then it happens - an unexpected twist in the road....

The Divided Modern Heart

There is a deep and troubling division that permeates the hearts and minds of us Western folk. It goes down to the core of how we see the world and it causes a constant nagging tension within us. This became clear to me in a conversation with a friend years ago. She...

Questioning Your Faith

It is perhaps one of our most deep seated tendencies as humans, that we love to live in routines and habits. This makes sense. There is great comfort in familiarity. We need to feel like we belong in order to function. But there is also a hidden danger in habits and...

Creativity & Humanity

The moment I stepped into the sanctuary I knew that this was going to be something different. The only lights in the worship area are blue and they light the stage, where a white bearded DJ sits mixing an eclectic beat. The music comprised a unique combination of...