Be Still. Be Well.

“Be still.” Jesus said, “Be well.” With these simple words, spoken to a person and a community experiencing illness, I hear a summons to find healing in the act of being fully present. When we intentionally practice pausing– noticing, letting what is, be—we deepen our own capacity to be present at any time and place…. Read More


The woman at the well asked great questions. This one is my favorite: “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?” Imagine, peering helplessly into the shimmering depths of cool water that’s out of your reach. Dampness drips from the stones of the well taunting your… Read More

Born from Above

Spanish photographer Xavi Bou began observing the flight patterns of birds as a child on long walks with his grandfather. Bou wondered what it would look like if birds left tracks in the sky. He set out to map their movements, to make “visible the invisible.” To create the images, Bou tried holding the camera… Read More

From Life to Deeper Life

Lent means Spring. This strikes me as odd, especially today, a day that speaks to our fragility and mortality. It is profoundly counterintuitive on this sober, serious day, to think of jubilantly versus welcoming Spring. Today we face death, literally. We inscribe its mark on our brow. We carry its stench in our nostrils. We… Read More

Land as Home

It was a sunny cold October day. We stood in a shelter in the trees at B’dote, the valley in which the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers meet. After spending two hours outside, listening intently, I was cold to bone and hungry. Still, the storyteller, Jim Bear Jacobs, held my full attention. B’dote, said Jacobs, is… Read More

Be Bold

Janitors and security guards are standing up for climate justice. I learned this reading a recent email from MN 350. Here’s the scoop: Commercial office buildings contribute 70% of the greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, and many of these buildings are owned or inhabited by corporations who greenwash their brands while funding organizations that lobby… Read More

What Are You Seeking?

What are you seeking? In the Gospel of John, these are the very first words Jesus speaks. “What are you seeking?” he says to the disciples of John, who have begun to follow him. What do you need to grow into your truest self? What do you yearn for in the core of your being?… Read More

The Danger of a Single Story

Once upon a time, when I was in charge of the Christmas pageant at my previous church, I made a decision that turned out to be more controversial than I realized it would be. I chose to write Herod into the script. I assigned the part to an older elementary-aged kid who I thought had… Read More

Blessed Are You Who Bear the Light

Jesus was born long ago and Jesus is born today. This is a mystery and tonight we enter this mystery. We are this mystery. I discovered Sarah Bessey when a friend posted her reflection, “Why Everything You Know About the Nativity Is Probably Wrong.” On her website, Bessey describes herself as “Writer, sometimes preacher, recovering… Read More

A Song for Fearful Hearts

I’ve been watching the Mississippi River freeze. A channel of open water winds a curvy black path through the middle of solid, snow-covered ice. At least by my house, the river did not stop its motion without a fight. The ice is piled up in jagged peaks and rough sheets that are wild even in… Read More