the stewardship of linen-folds


This is a piece of glass which has been placed between the insulated window panes of a glass window over the sink in the sacristy.  Whirling around the sacristy to find a chalice or grab a towel, it would be easy to miss, but my friend Diane pointed it out...

discernment


Discernment and discretion come from the same medieval word, “discretio.”  As the church was emerging out of the dark ages and into a season of locked-down authority and hierarchy (from which she is yet again emerging, but  slowly) the human work of discretio was spiritual work which was two sides...

The One you seek is behind you.


You have been hiking these woods on the top of this mountain for days now. What do you seek? Whom do you seek? I have seen you go by. So has He. We talk. You seem tired but not sleepy. I am a Prayer Tree. I was bent by the...

bent


  This is a rare Ute Prayer tree found on the top of the mountain at Cathedral Ridge, a Camp and Conference Center which is a project of Saint John's Cathedral and of the Diocese of Colorado.  The Ute Indians are indigenous to Colorado and surrounding states.  Utah gets its...

Somewhere else instead


Halfway down the stairs   is a stair   where i sit.   there isn't any   other stair   quite like   it.     I'm not at the bottom,   I'm not at the top;   so this is the stair   where   I always   stop....

The Stewardship of Wonder


Psalm 139 O Lord, You have searched me out and You know. א. לַמְנַצֵּחַ לְדָוִד מִזְמוֹר יְהֹוָה חֲקַרְתַּנִי וַתֵּדָע: 2. You know my sitting and my rising; You understand how to attach me from afar. ב. אַתָּה יָדַעְתָּ שִׁבְתִּי וְקוּמִי בַּנְתָּה לְרֵעִי מֵרָחוֹק: 3. My going about and my lying...

naughty can be nice


In Genesis, when Adam and Eve enter the Garden of Pleasantness (Eden) they are in perfection.  Nothing is wrong.  Everything is provided - which is, of course, the iconography of a garden- an iconography of bounty. They walk with God who asks that they not eat of one tree which...

Twisted


The cathedral chapter, Dean, and staff are nestled in a camp and conference center on a mountain in the Rockies called Cathedral Ridge. Being with them is healing.  They are, without exception, a stunning group of humans; intelligent, high achieving, kind, good, trustworthy. Mostly kind.  Kindness is an attribute I consider...

beauty


  The clergy are on retreat on a mountain top in the Great Rocky Mountains. At a distance are views which make one's legs go weak.  Up close there are bugs and hummingbirds whose beauty and color make human creations pale in comparison. As Liz and I meditated on a deck...

the stewardship of our thoughts


      As summer begins to fade into autumn, and the roses stand as sentries demanding stillness and enjoyment; it is easy to begin to switch gears.  I can feel it inside me too. The memories of school and its demands from childhood are like shadows on the edge...