Vulnerability


These are frustrating days for many of us. We have short fuses. Life has been disrupted and we are often unable to go where we want to go and do what we want to do.  We are, most of us, frightened though we are not willing to admit it so...

tired


“In the beginning”, a watercolor by Rob Schouten (c) 1985, Rob Shouten Gallery, Whidbey Island Hands that hold; hands that work: a meditation on exhaustion. Raised in an Anglican home and an American Puritan religious ethos as I was, a patriarchal British accent, afternoon tea and hard work have always...

Black Jesus


I want my black or perhaps brown Jesus back. The white one looks too much like a cracker-church-lawyer in a hoodless white smock and rather too “pretty” locks of long blond hair. Ok, a surfer-cracker-church-lawyer. Regardless, it’s not working for me. He smells of racism. The brown man who was...

Tell your Story


After 20 years in ordained ministry, I have begun to put 2 and 2 together.  I have been looking and listening and watching and even hearing. And what is becoming clear is the default of the church and the state to dominate.  And in that way, church and state are...

Chili sauce and coconut milk: a comingled life of Holy


Recently I had a craving for Thai Peanut Soup.  I had all the ingredients in the shed, so I set about to make myself a huge, steaming bowl. I could not but help to notice the ingredients and how they are reflecting my life right now and perhaps yours in our...

Um, can we talk?


  It’s been a while since I went to church.   When I did go to church, I got all dressed up and we all met in a magnificent building with our beautiful clothes on. Style and chic abounded.   Now I dress for comfort. I meet people online who...

On seeing cracks


Making a goblet like this one is tricky.  I throw the cup first and then I throw the base on the potter’s wheel next. Throwing clay up into a base is a lot like throwing a candle-stick or a bud-vase.  After the two pots have dried a bit (to something...

The Power of Disruption


The briefest of looks back into world history will unveil many disruptions.  There are of course natural disasters, extramarital affairs unearthed, and the silences after a knock-down-drag-out-fight.  There are disruptions like after whatever killed the dinosaurs.  And then there are the silences in the streets of Paris after the French...

Creative Energies


“Satori”  a painting let for this use by the artist - oil on canvas painted by Rob Schouten. © Rob Schouten www.robschoutengallery.com   We humans are watching a lot these days. We are watching the world from our nose-smudged windows.  We are watching the people and pets with whom we...

Irresistible Divinity- An Easter Meditation on art by Rob Schouten


"The Irresistible Regeneration of Peace" - oil on canvas painted by Rob Schouten. © Rob Schouten www.robschoutengallery.com In these days away from our sanctuaries and parish halls, we are beginning to see each other differently.  We are welcoming light as Spring springs forth.  We are becoming more comfortable with uncertainty -...