Common good

After a COVID hiatus, some things are reopening and getting back to a semblance of normal, including one of my ministry commitments. At the entrance to the facility where I volunteer, a poster indicated two mask-wearing selections — optional for those vaccinated and mandatory for those unvaccinated.* Clear and simple, right? A short time later,…

Who Doesn’t Get the Twisties? or the Yips?

It’s been heartbreaking to watch Simone Biles sit out the Olympics. And witness other athletes’ disappointment in their performances under the harsh spotlight and severe pressure. My heart went out to Abbey Weitzeil, visibly upset with herself when (according to the sportscasters) her split second hesitation on the starting block cost the US the Gold,…

A circle of women

While on retreat with members of my spirituality group, we celebrated the courage and commitment of Mary Magdalene. The gospel of John (20:1-18) tells this story: Following the crucifixion, Mary Magdalene went to Jesus’ tomb and saw it was empty. She ran back and told the other disciples, who headed to the burial ground. The…

Are We There Yet?

How many times did we, as kids, trapped in the back seat of cars, ask this question? And how many times have we heard it from our kids? America is saying “Vacation Time – yay!” again, as those brave enough to get vaccinated make the country safe for vacation travel. After a year of going…

Compare and Contrast

This past weekend, we celebrated Independence Day. July 4th is when the United States commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The Declaration was signed by representatives of all thirteen American colonies justifying and announcing independence from British rule. The most famous signature was that of…