Logos and Mythos

“In the beginning was the Word…” Words are both our means of communication and the source of most of our misunderstandings. Whether you are a rational scholar or a metaphorical poet, words are the common currency.

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Inspired by Nature

Nature provides us with a never-ending source of imagery for the Divine.

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Words for Prayer

More than 1200 years ago, the Islamic saint Rabia of Basra wrote:
In my soul there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel.
Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist…
(from “Love Poems from God”, trans. Daniel Ladinsky)

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Expressing the Inexpressible

Consider these few lines by beloved poet Mary Oliver:
Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

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Openness to Change

Change is a challenge at any age in almost any context. Human nature seems to prefer the known, the predictable. Churches, as we know, are no exception!

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Father’s Day 2017

Being a father is one of the most challenging and most rewarding roles we may ever get to take on. Particularly in this day of self-help books and über-parenting, it is perhaps helpful to remember Clarence Kelland’s words about his father:

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Prayer

Prayer is our heart speaking. In most of our Protestant churches, we get an abundance of head speaking, which makes the balance afforded by prayer time all the more important.

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Pentecost

Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Spirit on the followers of Jesus, seven weeks after Easter.

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Even More Music for Worship

Worship music can come from almost anywhere. It doesn’t have to be a 200-year-old hymn, although that can work if it has meaning and resonance for a particular congregation.

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Benedictions

To be blessed as we leave worship and go out into the world is a lovely moment.

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Life, Death, Rebirth

As we move through the Season of Spring, we are reminded of the cycle of life. This week we will focus on the life transformations that occur in life, death and rebirth- both in nature and in …

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Pluralism Sunday

Celebrating the diversity of religious traditions.

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Confession

As children, we learn the “magic words” please and thank you. They do indeed smooth the way for us throughout our lives. What do you suppose would happen if children also learned to say I’m sorry regularly?

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Guidance

Guidance comes to us in so many ways. But in our modern world of scientific, left-brain analytic information, it takes a deliberate effort to rediscover the ancient ways of wisdom guidance.

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Earth Day Liturgy

Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation of Earth’s natural environment. It is hoped that it will inspire people to connect more deeply to Earth and all that it provides for us as well as …

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Tax Time

The Blessing of the Taxes is a national effort initiated several years ago by Jim Burklo and adopted by various churches and temples around the country.

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Lent, Week 6

The symbols we choose to focus on become planted deep within us. In the liturgical season of Lent, and especially during Holy Week, we think primarily of the cross and crown of thorns… outward evidence of a humiliating and painful death. But other symbols appear during this time, like the towel and basin of water on Maundy Thursday.

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Lent, Week 5

When we read words written by others, we often don’t know the context in which the words were written. Sometimes the story behind the words is the best part.

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Lent, Week 4

One reason we search for new language, especially at this time of year, is that for many Christians, the traditional words have lost their ability to touch us. Repetition can bring the joy of the familiar, but it can also cause us to glaze right over….

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Lent, Week 3

Traditionally Lent is a time during which we “give up” something, but more recently many people have moved to “taking on” something during the Lenten season.

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Lent, Week 2

Of all the symbols we encounter during Lent, none is more recognizable than the cross.

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Lent, Week 1

Lent comes early this year. It seems like we just put away the last of the Christmas decorations and turned to face the new year, and here comes Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13).

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Lent Liturgy

  May this time of Lent be a time for introspective meditation, letting go, acceptance, and rebirth.   The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for Spring, which is derived from a verb meaning: to lengthen. Lent …

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New Inspirations

Sharing progressive liturgies is a great way to confirm that we’re not alone in our non-dogmatic interpretations of Jesus’ teachings. Contributions for our liturgy resource continue to arrive from around the globe.

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Music for Worship and Gathering

For many people, music is a source of experiences of the sacred. That makes the choice of music for worship services both important and challenging. Fortunately, new music for worship is constantly showing up, from all over the world!

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Seeking God

Humans are relentless in their efforts to understand God. We can change the language (some say “God” is an over-used word), we can find new metaphors (poets are especially good at this),

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Connected

We are all connected, not only across nations and cultures and religions, but across time. Even as we head into the future, we carry with us our ties to the past.

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The Lord’s Prayer, Revisited

There is a story that connects the Lord’s Prayer with the six-petaled rose at the center of an eleven-circuit labyrinth, such as the famous one found at Chartres Cathedral. Each of the petals corresponds to part of the Lord’s Prayer,

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Milestones

The milestones in our lives — births and baptisms, marriages, funerals and life celebrations — need new words to fit our new understandings.

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Epiphany

January 6 is traditionally celebrated as Twelfth Night, or the Feast of the Epiphany. It’s one of the oldest celebrations of the Christian Church

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New Year

In one sense, New Year’s Day is no different than any other day. After all, the calendar we live by is a human construction.

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is the culmination of the anticipation and preparation of Advent. This is what we have been waiting for and now it is here. Traditions – whatever yours are – hold comfort and connection. For a little while, our world keeps a different kind of time.

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Birth

Every birth is a miracle. The Christmas story gives us a chance to relive, to re-experience that miracle every year.

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Christmas Poetry

The season of Christmas holds a myriad of emotions, and that makes it fertile ground for the poet.

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Christmas the World Over

Christmas rituals have evolved over the centuries, interacting with local cultures and stories to produce distinctive traditions in different parts of the world.

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Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but giving thanks is a practice for everyone, around the world, at all times.

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