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Ordinary Time

I love celebrating the sacredness of the everyday.  Some parts of the Christian tradition honor it with the color green, in the liturgical season they call “Ordinary Time.”  The irony is, there’s nothing ordinary about it, except that so much of lives are full of wonder that it’s more the norm than not!  My friend Sue Joiner is a pastor who thinks this way too, so she commissioned me to make a green stole that she’ll wear while leading worship.  We started with one of her favorite songs to set the creative stage– “Holy As the Day is Spent,” by Carrie Newcomer.  Here’s the video:

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And here’s the stole, full of Spirit, fun, and fabrics (even denim!) representing all sorts of ordinary sacred moments:


Check out Sue’s awesome sneakers that make the whole outfit complete.  🙂  When I brought the finished stole to her house, she threw on her ‘alb’ (that’s churchy-speak for ‘white robe’) over her jeans and I snapped a picture of her big smile.  Without a doubt, Sue will share years of love and thoughtful sermons, wrapped in the colors and good news of the miracles all around us every day.  (See the Pentecost Stole I made for Sue’s installation.)

Enjoy a few more photos of the process, which must of course include those beautiful “mundane” machine stitches on the backside…








Blessings for the sacred ordinary in your day today.

Update:  See all 4 in the Liturgical Stole Series.


Circling Back Around


Fondly remembering my service as Friend in Residence at my alma mater seminary, the Earlham School of Religion, in Richmond, Indiana, September 14-19, 2014.  What a rich opportunity to circle back around to a community that changed my life– TWENTY years ago— Wow.  I spoke about my experiences then and now at Common Meal, the weekly lunch gathering of the ESR community, in a presentation I called, “That’s Not What I Expected (Thanks Be).”  Long distance students joined us by video for the talk and Q&A.  Although I’m a little bit goofy and a lot bit vulnerable in this talk, here’s a link to the video:

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I instantly loved the current students who shared their hearts and classes, a great art and poetry workshop, beautiful collaborative worship, and a whole lot of one-on-one spiritual direction sessions.  It’s heartening to know leaders are training to offer thoughtful, engaging, and inclusive ministry in a wonderfully wide variety of ways– from prison chaplaincy to poetry writing to spiritual direction, and beyond.  Once again, I felt the joy of such good company.




Last but not least, I thoroughly enjoyed my reconnection with faculty and friends there in Richmond, Indiana.  Dear friend and fellow alum Trayce Peterson even dropped in for a surprise visit!  As always, it’s the relationships I treasure most.




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