July 10, 2020

I recalled the words of Frederick Buechner, who wrote: “The love for equals is a human thing … of friend for friend, brother or sister for brother or sister. It is to love what...

July 9, 2020

Nearly 3 centuries ago, one of my early goals was to study the works of Søren Kierkegaard. (However, my brain was not big enough so all I could do was fake it but most...

July 7, 2020

On my desk are a couple of rocks. One is a flat rock that has some red, green and brown hues, which immediately draws your attention.  (Okay that’s what colors it looks like to...

July 6, 2020

When core values become deeply ingrained principles they guide behavior as well as the decisions and actions of the organization.  Acceptance is a core value at Pine Shores. The 3 behaviors that reflect acceptance...

July 3, 2020

It’s been said that “following Jesus isn’t about attaining a specific, measurable goal, or grasping a finite, literal truth. Following Jesus is about following.” It is about living with Christ present – actually in...

July 2, 2020

It seems that throughout scripture it is clear that Jesus was committed to serving the poor and the oppressed. He served both the outcast and the insiders, as well as those who were most...

July 1, 2020

We’ve been working with Mac Vance on producing a “fancy” video greeting for our website. By now it shouldn’t amaze us as to the significant impact the internet plays in our lives but since...

June 30, 2020

For those of you who have asked, the date is Monday, February 24th. It’s right there on my calendar.  That’s makes 127 days and counting.  My metamorphism continues or maybe it’s more of a...

June 29, 2020

This evening’s reading is written by Kaji Daousa entitled “Still Life Goes On.”   Rev. Dausa is the Senior Pastor of The Park Avenue Christian Church in New York City Crouched over the vines, we...

June 26, 2020

I received a phone call yesterday from a dear friend and colleague. We’ve been in conversation regarding historical and collective trauma and working on developing a modified chart-like visual to foster helpful and healthy...

June 25, 2020

The word I was looking for was rumination. There is no reason to define it or to play around with the word. Other than it being the exact one I wanted to use in...

June 24, 2020

In Anne Lamott’s book Almost Everything – Notes on Hope she writes, “Paradox means you have to be able to keep two widely different ideas in your head at the same time, including me...

June 23, 2020

I spent the productive part of my day trying to organize myself back into sync.  It’s been one of those days, a bit off kilter. Nothing serious but out of sorts enough.  To be...

June 22, 2020

I accomplished, three out of the four Father’s Day tasks – not bad. I even had a few accolades thrown my way. Definitely proud of myself. 75% success is still a passing grade. Anyway,...

June 19, 2020

The 224th General Assembly begins today.  We invite you to join in prayer as written by Jill Duffield, editor of the Presbyterian Outlook. God of all creation, we come to you asking for your...

June 18, 2020

Three friends stranded on a deserted island find a magic lamp. Inside it is a genie who agrees to grant each friend one wish. “I want to go home,” says the first friend. The genie grants her wish....

June 17, 2020

Sometimes, I hear or read a phrase that causes me to pause what I’m doing and to write it down because I want to remember it for future reflections.  However, what happens is that...

June 16, 2020

I enjoy Monday mornings.  Ordinarily, my desk is neat and my office de-cluttered. Yes, there are a few piles here and there but I’m delaying the inevitable – which pile goes to the recycle...

June 12, 2020

Our reading today are the words of Henri Nouwen “Small signs of friendliness can create much joy, and small disturbances between people much sadness, while the “great events” of the day often do not...

June 11, 2020

I’ve been reflecting on whether I’m tired of the conditions that COVID-19, the civil upheaval and the economic stress has imposed upon me or is it that I have become wearisome of the collective...