A harmony that may restore all as one

In the church where I serve we end our Sunday services repeating four times “Hozho na has dlii.” Over a year ago, one of our congregation, a Navajo woman, introduced us to this phrase and the...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2016 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

When love of Nation becomes idolatry

As we move into summer, I find myself, as I do this time every year, pondering the approaching Fourth of July and its relationship to church life and matters of faith.First a disclaimer: While I...

DATE: June 16, 2016 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Freedom brings new challenges and responsibilities

Years ago Marlo Thomas recorded an album entitled, “Free to Be You and Me.” I don’t remember much about the songs on it, but I do remember my kids and I listened to it a lot. Both then and now the...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2016 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Dolores Rotary Club assists schools

I want to take a moment to thank the Dolores Rotary Club for their generous support of Dolores Schools throughout this school year. The Rotary Club makes a regular practice of inviting our students...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2016 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

In life’s mosaic, ‘fragments of possibility’

Imagine – scarlet. Bring it to mind in all its richness. Sit with this vivid, intense color, and let it speak to you. Now, fuchsia. And then, magenta. Try azure. And in a while, what about...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2016 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

I wonder ...

For those of you who read this column somewhat regularly you know that I wonder a lot. I wonder about a lot of things, some of them worth writing about, most of them not. I wonder a lot about...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2015 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Losing your life, and finding the divine

Durango is a nice enough town. I suspect it’s favored by those who live there. After all, for them it is home. But I can’t imagine choosing to live there – not after living in Cortez. And maybe not...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

One family in Christ, with values in sync?

I’ve been thinking recently about the phrase “family values.” This is a concept that inhabits both the religious and the political spheres. The extent to which those spheres influence the actual...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Publicly confessed racism can move souls to peace

Recently I ran across a quote I’d once copied and saved. The quote says that “fear and loss brought to speech lead to energy.” It gives a corollary that “fear and loss not brought to speech lead to...

DATE: July 16, 2015 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Systemic sin, climate change and choice

Small churches, like other small groups, tend to be homogenous. Members most often look at the world through the same, or similar, lenses. For the most part they believe the same things; they hold...

DATE: April 16, 2015 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Rushing to a conclusion smothers seeds of New Life

Premature convergence. That was my take-away from a training I recently attended. While it is not a phrase I’d heard before, I recognized it immediately – in myself. Premature convergence is...

DATE: March 19, 2015 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Living in Christ in the community of Church

I’ve been asked more than once by members of the congregation I serve to video my sermons and put them on our website. When I decline, they often ask if I wouldn’t just post the texts on the...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2015 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

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