Lent 2011–Day 4

I’m quite hesitant about tomorrow’s lesson from Genesis 2:15-17; 1:1-7. the so-called “Fall” story. For one thing, (the major thing) it’s been used in the past to justify wretchedness, our general “fallen” state, “original sin,” oppression against women. Now, there are many critiques of the passage from the “hermeneutic of suspiscion” perspective. Which to use? …

Transfiguring

Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9 You may have noticed the beautiful photographs hanging in church this morning. The photographer is a Cape Ann artist: Les Bartlett. (If you are reading this online, Les’s website is here). He graciously offered them on Friday night for a meditation service here, along with Amy …

Tucson

Like most people, much of my time this week has been given to reading articles and reflections, listening to the news and to neighbors, praying and pondering the events in Tucson. During this season, throughout Advent and Christmas, I was profoundly aware of the scriptural call to disarmament, the dream of peaceful community, expressed especially …

check it out

Three interesting articles this morning, one from Religion Dispatches, a daily current newsy blog about things of faith, definitely worth subscribing to. This article is a hair-raising account of human rights atrocities in Uganda, not easy breakfast reading. Read it here. The second is a nice description of Spiritual Direction, a ministry of listening, which …