Bishop John Shelby Spong ~ June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021
Bishop Spong provided a much needed place for those of us who did not connect with traditional theology. We love you Bishop Spong. You will be missed! Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s, Morristown, NJ and at St. Paul’s, Richmond, VA. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are available

Listening for Wisdom

We tune our hearing to silence.
We wait on the source of being.
Our minds release the roar of thoughts.
We incline our hearts to listen
for the still small voice of Wisdom.
It is Sophia who beckons.
Holy Wisdom, be now among us,
fill our hearts with your dancing light,
give us to know our true being.
Let us be beacons of God’s peace,
shining with the light of justice,
living out God’s love in the world.

Tina Datsko de Sánchez serves as Poet in Residence at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach.  She is the author of the bilingual poetry book The Delirium of Simón Bolívar.  Her four-book series of interfaith spiritual poetry inspired by Rumi and Hafiz is forthcoming from The Pilgrim Press.
“Listening for Wisdom” has been set to music as a choral piece by composer Curtis Heard.  For sheet music, Curtis may be contacted at  Here is a link to “Listening for Wisdom” being sung by the Sanctuary Choir of the First Congregational Church of Long Beach:

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