First a little background. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is relatively new to the Church. It began in 1908 as a way to bring the Roman Church and other Christian denominations closer together. It became a week focusing on Christian similarities rather than differences. In the northern Church this week long focus on … More My Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
In our ongoing discussion about visioning for the church I’d like to talk about spirituality. Again spirituality is another one of those buzzwords in the church, but also outside the church as well. And I’m sure we’ve all engaged or at least overheard the debate: I’m spiritual but I’m not religious. Spirituality vs Religion. As … More Beyond Status Quo: Spirituality
Well Lent is gone, Holy Week is over, and Easter is finally here. And so too has my Lenten Prayer Journey ended. It has been a great 40 day journey with lots of great experiences and a renewed appreciation of praying the daily offices. While I definitely won’t be praying 6 times a day I … More How May I Direct Your Call? Tools to Help you Connect
When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything … More The Waiting (Praying) is the Hardest Part
The end is near, the end of Lent that is. Along with it my Lenten Prayer Journey is coming to an end. I do not feel like I’m ending on a strong note. I started slow, stayed slow, and I’m ending slow. Don’t get me wrong its been a great experience, one that will stick … More The End is Near (or is that the Beginning)
Well I got schooled this week. Yes, in my attempt to pray 6 times a day, I got schooled. I also got schooled in community building, hospitality, inclusion, and spirituality. Yes this week I went back to my roots (if we’re Christian we all have Jewish roots!!) and prayed with the Jewish Havura. Now havura … More Pardon me but your Jewish Roots are Showing
Why do you pray? That’s a tough and touchy question. No doubt it is also a very personal one. People pray for all kinds of reasons. For some it is a sense of devotion or responsibility, and there is nothing wrong with that. Others pray because they need something: healing, peace of mind, forgiveness . … More Sikh and You will Find: Why do you pray?
So my first question around prayer is where do you pray? Since I started my Lenten Prayer Journey I have prayed in some peculiar places. I have prayed the offices in the mall, hospital waiting rooms, parking lots, and my driveway. I have prayed in a Mosque, at a labyrinth in a mental health facility, … More All the World’s a Prayer Room: Where do you pray?
We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog to bring this important message . . . Yes I had planned to muse on the aforementioned questions about prayer but I wanted to share some thoughts from a visit to the Labyrinth in the Waterford Hospital Chapel, a mental health facility in St. John’s. I’m not going to … More A Funny thing Happened on the way to the Centre of the Labyrinth
I love conversations around the dinner table. In our house the coversations are always lively and you never know what topics will pop up. Sometime ago at dinner, out of the blue my daugther asked the question: what does it look like to pray? That’s a great question, though for some of you probably its … More What does it look like to pray? A few questions on prayer