A Sense of Place

Belonging

For years I served as a visiting pastor in a summer chapel on the south coast of Massachusetts. The houses along the beach were enormous, their inhabitants young and wealthy, second houses for most of them. Although I am not particularly proud of this story, I’ll tell it anyway. I was walking my dog along…

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Fracking Is No Solution

I don’t know if all of you who read these posts – particularly those from the western parts of the country – are familiar with what is known as Marcellus Shale, a geologic formation that covers territory from West Virginia through Pennsylvania and into New York State. The Marcellus Shale is very rich in underground…

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Deepening Ecology ~ the Acknowledging of Grief Part 2

It is difficult for me to write about the Council of All Beings for several reasons. One, I cannot remember or imagine this ritual without tears. I guess that’s a good thing, given that the intent is to step into the pain of earth’s destruction, to mourn, and to acknowledge accountability. Two, I am simply…

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Deepening Ecology ~ The Acknowledging of Grief

This is a hard blog for me to write, harder to post; it’s confessional in content, and I don’t yet have the experience of the healing and redemptive power that comes on the other side of a willingness to step into grief and mourning, into bereavement. So, this is all about blind trust. Some would…

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The Risks Of Taking a Morning Shower

The other morning, having been awakened way too early by the whining of our sweet rescue dog Callie (obviously she’s not yet accustomed to Eastern Standard Time), I popped into the shower. And as articulate as any song of earth might be if only we could hear, came the words foreign oil, foreign oil. Foreign…

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