Ode to the Dark Virgin

When Juan Diego spread out his tunic
Carmine roses cascaded before the bishop

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Hope Unseen

(based on John 5: 37-47, Romans 8: 18-25)

When one comes in a never-uttered name
God wins the glory for all that is done:
It’s in hoping for what cannot be claimed
That every inch of justice is won.

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Everything I needed

Adapted from a Sufi poem

I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.

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God Gives, God Takes

God gives
opportunities
but not forever.

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A Poem of Faith

We look to experience the unknowable Power,
The Power behind the world of knowable things.

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The Uncertainty-Driven Life

Wandering, I stumbled upon my purpose,
Adrift, I made port,
Unbidden, love arrived,
Asleep, I learned my lesson,
In silence, notes danced across my score,
Dreaming, my problems solved themselves.

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The Fire

This poem results from my week of intense conversations with friends and students about the nature of life, death, and grief.

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Stand Still

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known…

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Holy Breath – Prayers for Worship and Reflection

This beautiful liturgy book includes prayers and reflections for general nurture as well as prayers directed to special liturgical events like Baptism, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Another Breath: Prayers for Celebration and Reflection

Another Breath is a collection of prayers and liturgies that can be used in a faith community, at home, or in one’s own personal practice. It is inspirational, creative, progressive, and deeply spiritual. It is the prayer book those leading gatherings of spiritual communities have been looking for. there seems to be a prayer or meditation for each moment and occassion. This book is highly recommended.

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Earth’s Heartbeat

(on a hike at Devil's Punchbowl near Pearblossom, CA)

Mountain-shaped silhouettes
Mark the the tall pale stalk
Of a spent yucca:
Are these its last lines of praise
For the land where it stands?

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A Vertical Paradox

“I’m worth as much as you,”    while true, Yearns upward much as Eve’s son Cain;    and vainforever proves such self-promotion.

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A Living Sacrifice

A Story Poem for Proper 16, connecting the question, “Who do You Say that I am?” with Romans 12. 

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Don’t Weep for me America: A cry from the outcast

A poem written by Luis G. Collazo, From Puerto Rico.
A critical presentation on American way of life
from a theological -ethical perspective

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Poem-Leaving Home

Published on the online newsletter/blog of John Shelby Spong, www.johnshelbyspong.com “I want to share with you something written by a priest in the Church of England, who is under pressure from his Bishop to conform to traditional Church teaching and practice. He is, so far as I can discern, a faithful priest who is caught in that awkward position where he must violate his own conscience and integrity in order to conform to ecclesiastical expectations. Many clergy live in that place today as the Church becomes more and more closed minded and afraid and as its leaders move to put unity ahead of truth. I was so impressed with his work that I wanted to share it with you.” ~ John Shelby Spong

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Current Present Task- A Poem

Short Poem "Current Present Task"  from the book, "Throwing Away God" by Joseph Mattioli 

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The Wide, Wide World of Theology! A Poem

Fiery Spirit of Love, Come, O Lover of the Poor…

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