Shaped by the Margins

“It would seem that, quite possibly, the ultimate measure of health in any community might well reside in our ability to stand in awe at what folks have to carry rather than in judgment at how they carry it.” (Rev. Gregory Boyle)

Kinship is what happens when we refuse to forget that we belong to one another. Kinship is ever inching closer to the margins and standing with the oppressed and powerless. Kinship is walking with Jesus and your neighbor in the expansive and generous mercy of God.. … More Shaped by the Margins

The Yoke of Jesus

When Jesus talks about the heavy yoke, he is talking to those on the spiritual journey on whom a heavy burden had been placed by the Pharisees. Jesus promises those who follow after him a light burden and yoke that is good to bear. To come to Jesus is to discover that the task of getting it all right under the burden of the law is replaced by the absolute gift of God’s abiding presence. … More The Yoke of Jesus

Having Interpretative Imagination!

3rd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 8, Year C)
Jesus used an interpretative imagination to bring a fresh understanding to the old expectations of the Messiah. Instead of the warrior king arming his followers with sword and spear, Jesus would arm his followers with hope and love. Such an interpretive imagination empowers us still today to be followers of Jesus in faithful, peaceful action. … More Having Interpretative Imagination!

Holy Name, Holy Being

God gives God’s name to Israel and through the name God’s very self. It is committed in trust to Israel, translating the guarantee of God’s nearness and readiness to help. The name spoke directly of God’s holiness and righteousness shared and covenanted with Israel: “So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:27) … More Holy Name, Holy Being