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    this is why we gather . . .

    by  • November 19, 2018 • community, hope, music, poetry • 4 Comments

    I preached at my church yesterday. The sermon is short because it was a New Member Sunday and we had twenty-two people join. Here’s what I said. _______________________________ There is a tradition in poetry of the “found poem,” which is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from...

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    this is us

    by  • November 5, 2018 • america, community, hope, music • 12 Comments

    I want to say something before the votes are counted. I want to say out loud that my hope is not defined by those who make the most noise or create the most confusion. I want to share the words of those who are speaking to my despair, who feed my hope, who remind...

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    advent journal: spread peace

    by  • December 10, 2017 • advent journal, music, peace • 3 Comments

    As the second week of Advent begins, the light moves from hope to peace. The practice of Advent grows out of church tradition rather than anything Jesus said or did, or anything in the Bible. I don’t know the story of how the weeks became identified—hope, peace, joy, and love—or how the order was...

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    advent journal: songs of hope

    by  • December 7, 2017 • advent journal, hope, music • 1 Comment

    I spent some time looking for songs about hope in my music library tonight, in search of something beyond the songs I go to first. Here’s what I found. The first is from the Milk Carton Kids, who are sort of Simon and Garfunkel for a new century. Their song is called “Hope of...

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    advent journal: one voice

    by  • December 4, 2017 • advent journal, community, hope, music • 6 Comments

    One of the records that has been in heavy rotation at our house is Fifteen by The Wailin’ Jennys. (There are so many anachronisms in that sentence.) It is a record of cover songs, and specifically songs about grief and sorrow. They have the awesome audacity to sing Emmylou Harris’ “Boulder to Birmingham,” Warren...

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