Monday, January 31, 2011


Hannah and I are hoping to lead our students at Colby through something at least somewhat formal and coherent for Lent.
We're looking for ideas for our weekly meetings. We don't want to give the students extra things to read or take home to do, so we want digestible, penetrating things to do in an hour or so. You all have any ideas on short exercises, prayer services, etc. that we could accomplish? Anything longer that I could easily distill down to a shorter format?


Idea (inspired by Hannah):

To give up reading books for Lent. My friend, Cleve, described it as cruel and unusual. But on the other hand, what could be more sensible for me?

I've thought to use it as an opportunity to simply focus on scripture. I wanted to work through some OT material into the Gospels toward Easter.
I'd thought to read Leviticus, Deuteronomy, I&II Samuel, and Isaiah before heading into the Gospels. What do you think? Would these contextualize Christ and his Passion well enough for the 40 days? Maybe it's too ambitious a list.

Help me. Join me?


Saturday, November 6, 2010

advent 2010

I'm thinking about a daily post here during advent - prayers, meditations, poems, etc. If we add Swartz, Schneider, and Caldwell to this contributor list, that would make about 3 posts per person. How bout it?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

CE help from you all who know how to read good

Year end reports and whatnot call for a bit of reflection on continuing education. I think, given my setting, that i'll probably try to spend some time with death & dying/end of life stuff this year. Included in that are funerals and hospice visits and so on. If any of you run across good articles/books along the way, would you send them my way?

Just as i would never write a seminary paper without calling alan, I would never develop any kind of CE without talking to you bastards. Gracias.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

In Defense of Baby Worship

For those of us with kids (and those without), here is a very short, but great piece by G.K. Chesterton.

The two facts which attract almost every normal person to children are, first, that they are very serious, and, secondly, that they are in consequence very happy. They are jolly with the completeness which is possible only in the absence of humour. The most unfathomable schools and sages have never attained to the gravity which dwells in the eyes of a baby of three months old. It is the gravity of astonishment at the universe, and astonishment at the universe is not mysticism, but a transcendent common-sense. The fascination of children lies in this: that with each of them all things are remade, and the universe is put again upon its trial. As we walk the streets and see below us those delightful bulbous heads, three times too big for the body, which mark these human mushrooms, we ought always primarily to remember that within every one of these heads there is a new universe, as new as it was on the seventh day of creation. In each of those orbs there is a new system of stars, new grass, new cities, a new sea.