It is so true that the preacher needs the sermon at least as much as the congregation. At least, that’s been true so far in my baby-preacher experience.
For example, this past week, I preached (sermon to be posted soon – the audio is pretty quiet, so listening with headphones helps) about love and Earth. [...]
Hello, and happy Gregorian New Year.
Between winter solstice and the secular New Year, my lovely wife and I go through a process to plan our goals and guiding principles for the upcoming year. I posted my list here last year, and am happy to have another to post this year.Much, if not most, of [...]
Hello! As you may have surmised, the end of the semester got the better of me, so I haven’t been here in a while! All things considered, though, I think the semester ended up well. I don’t have all my grades yet, but I feel good about most things I did. I wasn’t as connected [...]
The original “Do you believe…” person asked me today to send him all my Hebrew Bible notes for the whole semester so far. I’m torn.
The Year of Presence – Catharine’s annotated Best Year Yet list
What follows is my annotated list of Your Best Year Yet paradigm, guidelines, and goals for 2011. I realize that not everyone may be interested in what I’m aiming for in the next year, but I thought perhaps the process might be useful to [...]
Be still and know
that day and night
Be still and know
that dark and light
This week’s school assignments included a reflection on our spiritual autobiography, not so much writ large as pertaining to the formation of our spiritual practice. One practice I discuss in my first draft [...]
“Marriage is not for everyone, but for those called to it, it is a blessing of indescribable sweetness.”
~~Jonathan White, 17 July 2004, on the occasion of his sermon at my wedding~~
On this week of the recent Prop 8 decision in California, I offer some musings on my own experience [...]
Note: What follows is a reflection borne out of the privilege of time that I have as someone who does not parent, does not work weekends, does not care for an aging or sick family member seven days a week. I acknowledge that different choices, different lifestyles, different commitments allow for different Yeses, different Nos. [...]
When I was fifteen, I went to keyboard performance summer camp at Penn State University, where I studied for the first time with the woman who would become my mentor and piano teacher in college. The weeks leading up to camp were a time of stress and concern, because I wanted to look good in [...]