Remembering Thin Spaces

There was a session at Corrymeela prompted by our leader in which she suggested we write as if God and we were having a dialogue. What questions would I ask and then how would God answer? I hadn’t journaled in a long time. I have been thinking about journaling lately because I want to write…

20 years later

Twenty years ago I arrived in Galway, Ireland for a semester of study abroad. A small group of us went to Ireland from my University and we brought a professor with us. We lived in student housing about a kilometer from the school and two kilometers from the center of town. We had lots of…

Listening Circles

On the 13th of October, I got on the plane by myself to head to a solo trip to Northern Ireland and Ireland for 8 days. I booked a retreat in Northern Ireland on the northern coast outside of Belfast at a place called Corrymeela, known for its work in reconciliation since 1965. I have…

Perhaps I am back….

Today I am just outside of Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, UK in the Corrymeela Community for a weekend retreat. I booked this retreat labelled, “Stillness in Community” months ago before my massive surgery on July 5th and before I knew there would be complications necessitating a second surgery three weeks to the day later. I booked…

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…