From Jan 26-28, more than 70 women will be gathering in Troutdale, OR for Convergence: Northwest Emerging Women Leaders Gathering. The purpose of the event is to create space for women ministering, leading, and living in an emerging culture.
To surround this wonderful discussion with the sense of hope & prayer it deserves, we are organizing a prayer vigil. In the hours that this wonderful event is going on, folks around the globe will be committing their prayers by raising up this glorious event for at least 1 hour.
If you'd like to join this virtual prayer vigil, please leave your name, email & the time slot (by hour & day) in the comments section below. I'd particularly encourage men to make this part of their support for this wonderful gathering.
From ... Arjun
a coming into place, view, or being; arrival
from the Latin Adventus, sc. Redemptoris, "the coming of the Saviour"
marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing
Advent starts in 3 days - I can feel the anticipation in my soul. Whether you experience this waiting via Online (Virtual) Advent Calendars or in some other discipline, I wish for you a blessed season of waiting !
Advent is about the spirituality of emptiness, of enough-ness, of stripped-down fullness of soul. Advent points to the essentials of life; commercial Christmas points to its superfluities.
The two great liturgical seasons of the church year, Advent and Lent, are about very different things. Advent is not "a little Lent." Advent is not a penitential period. Advent comes to trigger consciousness, not to provoke our consciences.
The Talmud teaches that every person should wear a jacket with two pockets. In the one pocket, the rabbis say, there should be a note that reads, "I am a worm and not completely human." And in the second pocket, the rabbis say, the note must read, "For me the universe was made."
The story is clear: The function of Lent is to remind us who we are--and who we are not. The function of Advent, on the other hand, is to remind us who God is and who we are meant to be, as well. Advent is about the riches of emptiness.
Last year at Thanksgiving, my life was at what felt like an all-time low. Other people held hope for me while I could not hold it myself.
I am so very grateful for time, for 365 days of the earth rotating. I have learned so many lessons - none is more true than this:
This is what things can teach us:
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly.
- Rainier Maria Rilke
“In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature” .
Be able to connect with all of you, to share the force of nature, to wallow in the imagination, to think, believe, fancy, assume, suppose, conjecture, guess, plan, scheme, hope, lament, plot - well I am so very grateful to all my imaginary friends.
I am grateful for sports - just spend some time on ESPN to savor the rich array of opportunities to compete, to enjoy, to spectate, to argue, to cheer. Thank God that the Chinese engaged in sporting activities as early as 4000 BC - I can not imagine life without the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.
This Thursday, you'll find my family and I engaged in a spirited kickball - reveling in the joy of sports.
A promotional screen of Olbermann and his Countdown show
|Born:||January 27, 1959
New York City, NY, USA
|Occupation:||News anchor, commentator and radio sportscaster|
|Website:||Countdown with Keith Olbermann|
In the 6 dark years of the Bush Regime, the press abdicated it's traditional role - reporting the facts and adding some context. Don't get me wrong - thanks be to God for "fake news" like Jon Stewart, Colbert and that monolith of fake news - Faux News. But the reality of a regime that did not believe in reality - who actually had the hubris to think they could create their own reality - is that truth-tellers resided mainly on the fringes, with voices like Amy Goodman or Jim Hightower or Molly Ivins branded as kooks.
Then, a voice called out in the wilderness. On a channel that is the very definition of corporate ownership, controlled by a company that habitually controls its message to not offend any potential revenue stream. Who would have guessed a troubled sportscaster, a boorish person on a 2 bit cable news channel in a tailspin - the most unlikely truth teller since...well...um....let's just say that usually, it helps to actually have positive personal feelings towards a person who bravely tells the truth.
Even though I likely would dislike him as a human being, I am grateful for Olbermann's voice these past few months. Here are just a few examples:
Pompous ? yes. Unhinged ? most of the time. Justified ? um...hell yes.
From blaine davis
In the words of that Mary Poppins song:
I love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
I love to laugh
It's getting worse ev'ry year
The more I laugh
The more I fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more I'm a merrier me
The more I'm a merrier me!
I love a practical joke, a snide aside, a guffaw, a rip-snorter, a delayed get - even an in-appropriate joke (or two).
So count me as grateful for everyone - professional & civilian - who embodies humor, who unlocks laughs, who extends my life expectancy, is simply or extraordinarily funny.As an example:
Rove, Satan Split Over Midterm Defeat
Beelzebub Accuses Bush Aide of Playing the Blame Game
One of the longest-standing and most successful political partnerships in recent history came to an abrupt end today as White House strategist Karl Rove and Satan publicly split over the GOP's thumping in the midterm elections.
In Washington, where political infighting is often played out on a public stage, the ferocity of the Rove-Beelzebub feud still took many observers aback.
Here's how you know you ought to drop out of seminary - you are infinitely more enthralled by the the heretics than you are by the powers that be. When you find yourself cheering against the home team, it's likely a sign you ought to leave the game.
There are certainly more "official" definitions, but I like Art Kleiner's in his book The Age of Heretics: Heroes, Outlaws, and the Forerunners of Corporate Change:
"someone who sees a truth that contradicts the conventional wisdom of the institution - and remains loyal to both entities."
I was reminded of this love of people who embody that tension when I listened to This American Life as they told the story of Reverend Carlton Pearson , an evangelical pastor at Higher Dimensions in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Take 50 minutes and go listen to the story of this heretic and the heavy cost he has paid.
So count me as grateful for Bishop Carlton Pearson, for Joan of Arc, for Charles Darwin , for Linus Torvalds, for Patti Smith, for Mel White, for folks that gather around the emergent village, for James Alison, for Oscar Romero.
In the words of a wonderful ad that reads like a poem: