Lenten practices: Wellness for you and the world

This post is part of a series that outline some practices as an invitation to a Holy Lent.  The other posts include ideas about how to eat more intentionally and prayer practices.  Here, I outline ideas that promote general wellness, for you and for the world. For you: Move: the […]

Lenten Practice: Daily Prayer

This is a continuation of our Lenten Practice series.  See the other articles for more ideas for a Holy Lent.  Sometimes it is hard to know where to begin, this may be particularly true as one sets out to begin a daily prayer discipline.  I aim here, to outline a […]

Lenten Practice: Eating Intentionally

It is common to give up a single food, or even a category of foods for Lent.  Chocolate, coffee or meat likely top the list.  Here are a few ideas about how we can change our eating for the season.  Certainly the commitment to give up a specific food or […]

The Importance of Our Words

  “Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and […]

The Importance of Speaking Up

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” – William Faulkner The 85th Legislative session of the State of Texas began this week. The legislative session […]

May God Inspire Your Resolutions

“Resolution One: I will live for God.   Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” – Jonathan Edwards   The New Year often sparks an interest in resolutions, or “restarts”. Taking time to rededicate ourselves to tasks and principles is a worthwhile endeavor. Even so, for every […]

Renew Our Commitment at Christmas

“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.”         – Winston Churchill   The season of Christmas is a sacred and special time. Some of the busy-ness of the preparations has past, even if there are a few items to still get in the mail…some of the […]

Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens   Christmas is almost here. Christmas Day is often a joyful occasion as we gather with friends and family to celebrate the birth of Jesus. While many see Christmas Day as the […]

Live Nativity in Winter Weather

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”        – Herodutus, 503 B.C.   I know many people are concerned about the Live Nativity and Posada this weekend given the forecast. Indeed, it will likely […]

Welcoming All to the Church

“Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.” – William Congreve Hope and expectation mark the season of Advent. Indeed, they often mark out faith throughout the year, even in the face of uncertainty. All things being equal, we do tend to prefer security though, […]