Formation

len on July 20th, 2016

And so empires of ideas, as well as empires of wealth and power, come and go. To live well is to observe in today’s apparent order the tiny anomalies that are the seeds of change, the harbingers of the order of tomorrow. This means living in a state of a certain insecurity, in anguish and […]

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len on July 11th, 2016

“We are all now, more or less, epistemological pilgrims.” Paul Helm I spent a few days in Chilliwack, then nearly two weeks in Kelowna — a nice change of pace and of scenery, and time with family and friends. I’ve learned not to take more than a couple of books along – that is the […]

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len on June 30th, 2016

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len on June 3rd, 2016

from Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert A brother asked one of the elders: What good thing shall I do, and thereby live? The old man replied: God alone knows what is good. It is said that someone inquired of Abbot Nisteros the Great , the friend of Abbot Anthony, asking: what good work shall […]

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len on April 14th, 2016

Every few years I go back to this post and reflect on these things from other angles. Today I’m thinking about the superficiality of the very popular NCD diagnostics for church health. But I’m also thinking about systems of exclusion and scape-goating, leadership that defines itself by fear, and the book I’m working on — […]

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len on March 17th, 2016

From Comment, a look at Cohen’s Old Ideas. Chris Cuthill writes, “We often use the word “journey” when we refer to Lent, because Lent is a decidedly non-linear season for the church. We like to think of journeys as linear things, getting from point A to point B, going somewhere. But Lent isn’t about going […]

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len on November 21st, 2015

“I think we have all learned by the middle of life that people do not change easily. We try to change others, we try to change ourselves, we try to improve situations by better communication methods, various coercive means and sincere prayer, but, dang it, most of us are just like we used to be. […]

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len on November 19th, 2015

Richard Rohr writes, “The most common substitute for liminal space is “liminoid” space. I must admit that organized religion is expert at offering people the liminoid. It feels like the real thing, it feels different while actually reaffirming ego and persona. It is the much-touted trip to poor Guatemala, where you stay in the American […]

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len on October 31st, 2015

“It seems to me that every human life has the elements of a sea voyage, of a journey and an arrival. That every human life is also like a vessel that contains innumerable other lives for which we have a deep responsibility. That this vessel journeys from one unknown sea to another as we go […]

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