Preach on Us

Preach about my family this Sunday! (Maybe not by name, because you probably have adoptive families or adult adoptees in your own congregation, and they should be the ones you consult and name.) But trust me, we have some serious lived commentary on the “spirit of adoption” in Romans 8:12-25 (the Epistle reading in the… Continue reading Preach on Us

A Ritual to Define the Culture (of a Collegeville Institute workshop)

Did we start yet? Was that part of it, or just a note before we began? Should we be walking reverently or can we keep chatting? The ritual began casually, setting the tone it would carry throughout. Several times I was unsure if we were participating in an official action, or speaking off the cuff,… Continue reading A Ritual to Define the Culture (of a Collegeville Institute workshop)

Help, It Hurts! (written for “A Broader Public” Collegeville Institute course)

First, do no harm. I am no doctor, but as a habitual do-gooder, that part of the Hippocratic oath is key for me too. There is so much suffering in the world, and I want to help. But too often our responses leave new problems in their wake. For example: massive food aid and lifting… Continue reading Help, It Hurts! (written for “A Broader Public” Collegeville Institute course)

Attitudes Are the Real Disability – Sermon from 3/26/17

John 9:1 Caleb could not see the scrolls to study the Torah, and he couldn't listen to any teaching in the synagogue because people associated his disability with sin. So he was no expert on theology. He could not recognize the people around him by sight, but couldn't identify them by voice either because they… Continue reading Attitudes Are the Real Disability – Sermon from 3/26/17