Small adventure to Wittenberg

It has been on my list almost since I moved to Berlin. I needed to come to Wittenberg. I am not Lutheran but my tradition owes much to Luther and I did serve a church that was half Lutheran for a few years. Plus, if you are Protestant, well, you know about Luther and these…

It’s Women’s Day!

In 1908, a protest happened in New York of15,000 brave women who were demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote. A year later the Socialist party marked the anniversary of this march by declaring it the first National Women’s Day. In 1910, an international conference of working women gathered in Copenhagen…

We added our home to the list…

We live in Berlin, two countries away from Ukraine, a two hour flight to Kiev, a 14 hour drive, 1300 kilometers or 840ish miles. Poland is directly in between Germany and Ukraine. We are close to what is happening in our world. To me this feels extremely close. To my European wife we have plenty…

Welcome to Lent liminality

This week we entered into the season of Lent. Yesterday was Ash Wednesday in which we marked ourselves with the dust and remembered that we come from dust and will return to dust. A dear friend texted me, “welcome to Easter Advent!” I had to chuckle. She subscribes to my daily devotional during this time…

A Little Sun Goes a Long Way

Yesterday and today it has been full of glorious sun. It has been pretty dang cold (28 degrees Farenheit, -3 Celsius when I walked the pups yesterday morning) with a high not much above freezing today but it has been bright. Life in Berlin has been pretty grey and dreary consistently up until the day…

A brief theological moment…

Lately I have been back to my theological nerdy ways. I have been reading theology just for fun here and there. I guess this makes sense. I love it AND I am preaching all this month with a small English speaking congregation in Berlin over zoom. My latest reading has taken me into the writngs…

Yes, we also play Wordle.

If you haven’t heard, there is this game called Wordle. It seems to be the next pandemic life obsession. Started by a guy in Britain who programmed a simple word game for his word game loving girlfriend, he decided to share it with the world and it has taken off! It is free at the…

Back to the blog!

Every Sunday evening at 6pm I tune into zoom to connect with my family. We started this as Corona began and we have continued talking almost every Sunday for the past couple of years. Yesterday, my parents called in from their beach house, my aunt and uncle called in from their beach house and then…

Sundays are for…

Sunday morning and I am in my work out clothes debating on which or if a work out will happen. Sundays have shifted so much for me in the recent years. This is the cause for much reflection each week. This week/morning, I am reflecting on how again it is appointment season (if you are…

Saturdays are for…

I had my centering hours this morning and walking dogs time. Ana then got up and declared that since there was some sun we should go get croissants and walk along the canal. The cold that we felt was cancelled by the rays of sun we got to soak in. We walked to our fav…