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...

turnings


You think the trumpets are for God and they are. But as you sing your praises to God in heaven, heaven echoes them back to you a thousand fold. The rumors about your depravity as a race of beings are just that; rumors from pale, angry celibates whose projection of...

Until- a Franciscan poem


  Until Who are You God that you would tinker with a fish until it grew legs to crawl from oceans? Who are You that You would tinker with a lizard until it grew wings to fly over mountains which you push up from molten fields for fun, with a...

the stewardship of our connection


the stewardship of self-offering What does it mean to worship a God who's act of self-offering is central to our faith?  What does it mean for us to worship a God who came to us as "the word?" God intervenes physically into time as Jesus who says he is "the...

My dog questions clothes- a prayer of questions


Why do you look so worried? What's the big deal? I am siting here. I live to play and love. Why not follow my lead? You worry too much. Your biggest problem is that you wear clothes. God loves you. All that "good dog" stuff you pile on me is...

friendship


At the end of a long and very good day at the annual retreat I found myself sitting in the moonlight of a nearly full moon, on a field, at a picnic table with four friends near midnight. They are new friends as are so many here in Denver, and...

The stewardship of what goes into me


  Last night I had friends over for dinner.  I had prepared a five course Thai dinner including dim sum, beef satay in lettuce wrap, a soup course  (which I forgot to serve!) an green curry with sticky rice and a combination of roasted almond chocolate and candied ginger chocolate....

the stewardship of our thoughts


During "the monastery years" as I have come to call them, we used to joke among the brothers about the steel mullions on the windows of our cell. The monks cells looked out onto the Charles River near Harvard Square in Cambridge Massachusetts.  The monastery was designed by Ralph Adam...

on not being God


The Rood screen of the Cathedral is the wrought iron screen which separates the congregation from the high altar and is so called because the Saxon word for Cross was "rood" and this screen usually held a cross of the crucified Jesus with Mary and John on either side.  The...