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Island Time

The creed of one Christian denomination begins and ends with the words “We are not alone.” And though that is true, sometimes I want very much to be alone, to live on an island with a dog and some nice snacks.  And a wood stove.  Ok, and some books. And did I mention nice snacks?

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Holy Spirit: nymph, rebel and crone

The Holy Spirit is a part of the Trinity – One God in three expressions. We know that. It’s basic theology to our church. But I am not sure we have taken the time to appreciate it because I think that The Holy Spirit sort of freaks us out. Well, at least she freaks me out. I think we humans like control. We westerners love control. We Episcopalians adore control. As for Catholics well, you get my drift. And The Holy Spirit – she giggles at control and up-turns it almost out of sheer mischievousness, enjoying flustering pale, white me in black.

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Holy goodbyes

Complex theology is priestly job-security. But I think the whole Jesus thing is as simple as a kiss on our neck, just behind our ear. Spirituality is that simple. Moisture, and a kiss from a savior who has been released from his tomb while we are released from ours.

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We must risk delight

We have intellectual intelligence that we call IQ. We even have emotional intelligence which we call EQ. But we, in the church – Christ’s only remaining body –we need to look harder at SQ, the spiritual intelligence which confines bullying egos, which deters sneaky parking-lot conversations, which loves mercy, forgives easily, names and confines ecclesial terrorists and hostage-takers and hears the laughter every day even in the most terrible of streets … and does something about it

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The bees in the cathedral

The bees of our cathedral are sometimes a lovely set of colonies on our roof, sometimes a political bouncing ball, sometimes a tool for power and control but always a source of rich, dark yellow honey.

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Constraining love

We wrap Jesus up in a nice clean (or dusty) package so as to keep it from any kind of change. We humans love, love, love to domesticate God, describing God in detail, accommodating a certain nostalgia – when God is in fact a mystery

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Chasing after a wind

Envy runs this economy of ours. Envy sells things that make people rich. Envy takes perfectly wonderful people and sours, embitters, wizens them. What I want and what they have and what they have that I want.

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What if…

The image from our Te Deum window over the West Doors of the cathedral.. is one I find striking. It is of St. Michael the Archangel.It reminds me of a church and a church history with which I am uncomfortable. Might. Power. Authority (in the midst of deep mystery! Too many theologians are too sure of too much!) Armor. Shields. Helmets. The Holy Spirit uses wind and whispers!

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separate, silent, polite and smoldering

Despair. We all face it from time to time but it is the big secret. We all carry it around with us like loose change, aware it is making a slight noise when we walk, but not really having the energy to pull it out

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