Nola’s Beech Tree

Dear Beloved, I’m writing to let you know that tomorrow, first thing in the morning, a company will come to take down Nola’s beech tree. This tree is inside the play ground fence, just by the gate. The tree’s been dead a year, now. We thought we might have extended its life by trimming it…

Time Was When I Wasn’t Able to Pray.

Time was when I wasn’t able to pray. I got confused between the imperfect institution of the church and the divine presence I experienced when I played music or felt/heard a paintbrush move across paper, smelled the vinegar-ish scent of white oak sawed, beheld the complex beauty of a person. I thought for the longest…

Learning to Pray without Ceasing

Dear Beloved, For six weeks, from this Sunday until Advent, Hope Central is focusing on prayer. We want to learn to pray, discover new ways to pray, to experience our prayer more deeply, collectively and individually. As praying people, we are like Jesus, following Jesus. Over and over in our gospel stories of Jesus, Jesus…