While I've been traveling a lot over the past years, it's been some time since I've been on a pilgrimage. For me, pilgrimage has something to do with discovery, with spiritual quest or awakening. Bringing only the essentials along, it's a time to step into the provision of God, as well as the abundance discovered in the people and places we meet along the way. It's a space for listening and discernment, as we uproot from usual routines and give ourselves over to the journey.
Over the past months, I’ve been delighted to work with The Rev. Ashley Goff and the congregation of Arlington Presbyterian Church in Arlington, VA. Over several years, this remarkable faith community discerned they were called to respond to the needs of their neighbors through a thoughtful listening campaign. They made a bold decision to demolish their building and partner with a developer who would build affordable housing on the former site of the church.Read More
I wonder what would it look like to imagine worship as a kind of holy rehearsal space. What if singing together is a place we are put back together, where we remember, re-discover and renew what we believe?
What if this congregation is a choir: a community of learning where we have the opportunity to grow into new experiences, trusting there is no success or failure but a deep pool of grace that holds us as we try and try again?
What might it look like to put to practice this way of love through our voices, through the tunes and rhythms we share in song?Read More
I'm grateful to The Rev. Hillary Raining for including me and Music that Makes Community in the Way of Love podcast focused on worship.
It's Holy Week, and time is of the essence, but take a listen when you have a moment and reflect with us on the formative power of worship, especially singing!
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