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What is Rural Routes Through the Holy?

February 12, 2024
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Learning, deepening, dreaming ~Finding our voices ~Realizing ourselves as ancestors of the future ~Attending to our neighbour ~Honouring the truth that, “small is also bountiful” ~Becoming community in God ~ Rural Routes was born in my imagination as I worked with small congregations. More than once I’ve arrived on pastoral charges that had a history,…

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Peace Holds Us

March 3, 2023
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Holy One, yesterday in the woods, the late afternoon light was so tender and strong, the shadows made art on the snow and the sky prepared to relax into the night.

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Giving

May 5, 2020
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I love this tiny hand touching the heart of things. I can almost imagine the pavement softening touched by these fingers. It made me think of how the walls of congregations have become more porous in these pandemic times.

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A Word for the Darkness

January 27, 2020
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Epiphany always begins with the wisemen. Faithful studiers of the night sky their attention is caught by a wild star,a star not on any of their star charts. 

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The Heart in it

April 16, 2019
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No shape of wood or even stone is foreverBut the heart that beat in it; the soft intercessionsThe fervent witnessThe hopeIs not lost So many strands of spirit and sorrow wove together yesterday as France and many across the world kept vigil during the fire at Notre Dame. A web spun of history and identity…

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Broken-open community

May 28, 2017
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  As I reflected on the heft of my heart, sitting in a room with so many others, each of us on our own journey, our paths mingling and diverging, I felt the strength of brokenness. 

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Hallows Eve

October 31, 2015
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Coming to this all hallows evening we hear the call to pay attention to the permeable fabric of time. It is a potent time in which those others who have lived before and will live after crowd with us onto the stage of our life. It is good to pay attention. We are put in…

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To Know We Are All the Beloved John 20:19-31

April 25, 2015
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Holy One You come into the locked rooms of our lives and you speak into our fear and our doubt and our indifference You tell us who we are and send us out into a world where so many have lost their name and answer to hate or fear or power What would it mean?…

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Prayer Written Hiddenly

March 23, 2015
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Words shared with DMin Online Collegium I have been captivated for several years by the idea of prayer written hiddenly. I have read about this in a number of places most recently in Jan Richardson’s story of her artist friends who, each time they begin a new painting, take a few moments in quiet with…

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Prayer for Beginning a Meeting

March 15, 2015
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Holy One, We come, each carrying our own story our own vision our own hopes and our own purpose all to be threaded into the great story that is Your life with ours

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