Monthly Archives: November 2013

Sermon: “Keep on Keeping on…” (November 24, 2013)

The Soloist tells the story of gifted musician and one-time Julliard student, Nathaniel Ayers’.  Nathaniel’s mental illness eventually leads him to a life on the streets.  LA Times’ writer Steve Lopez encounters Nathaniel one day at a statue of Beethoven … Continue reading

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Month of Gratitude: Day 23 (Dayo and Gracie!)

When I reflect on that great line from Mary Oliver’s poem, “Wild Geese”–“you have only to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves”–I think of my cats, Dayo and Gracie.  They do what they feel like … Continue reading

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Month of Gratitude: Day 22 (Pain)

Here’s what I’m learning at physical therapy:  If you don’t tell the therapist where it hurts, she can’t do what needs to be done to help you heal.  When another patient at PT yesterday said, “Um, that muscle isn’t happy,” … Continue reading

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Month of Gratitude: Day 20 (Poets: Mary Oliver)

Today I am grateful for poets, especially Mary Oliver.  She says things so well!  Here’s one of her best-known poems.  You’ll see why.   Wild Geese You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on … Continue reading

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Month of Gratitude: Day 18 (Sabbath Rest)

Today, I am grateful for Sabbath rest. “Today I am altogether without ambition.  Where did I get such wisdom?”   Mary Oliver, Blue Pastures  

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Month of Gratitude: Day 17 (A church that loves teenagers)

A recent article in Christian Century cited a statistic that said maintain their faith after they graduate high school, they need to have had significant relationships with five faithful adults.  The mid-high youth at Pilgrimage are fortunate to to count … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Prophetic Imagination” (November 17, 2013)

            Dressed in overalls and a flannel shirt, environmental poet Wendell Berry leaned against the podium in our seminary ethics class deep in thought.  “If I can imagine it, I can do it,” he’d just told us.  We waited, watching … Continue reading

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