Posts Tagged ‘tradition’

Blackberry Picking

Blackberry Picking
father and son stood tall facing the thicket of brambles purple-stained fingers reach out weaving between nettles and thorns   like so many fathers and sons before us celebrating this liturgy of nature   and we are closer closer to each other in this stony silence punctuated by pricked fingers and...
September 7th, 2013 | Poetry | Read More

Confirmation Class

Confirmation Class
I. Over the summer I began attending mass. By week two or three, I responded to an announcement in the bulletin about RCIA (Catholic boot-camp). The leader invited me to the rectory, and after asking a little bit about myself, inquired as to what I was looking for. I had rehearsed answers to this question...
November 28th, 2012 | Featured | Read More

“Southern Spirits, Holy Ghosts”

“Southern Spirits, Holy Ghosts”
I’m Northerner through and through, born, reared and rooted deep in the heel of the mitten shaped state. My Dutch ancestors, stalwart and serious, tempered joy with a pious awareness of their inadequacies in the presence of a righteous God. Maybe it is this troubled wrestling with sin and redemption...
February 18th, 2012 | Books | Read More

The Big Picture for Presbyterians (And Others)

The Big Picture for Presbyterians (And Others)
In early May 2011, a majority of the 173 presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) had approved a change to the ordination standards.  The amendment will remove the constitutional requirement that all ministers, elders, and deacons live in “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a...
June 23rd, 2011 | Columns, The Purpose-Driven Centrist | Read More