Life Passages
Working with Dying Parishioners

Working with Dying Parishioners

It is a great privilege to be working closely with a great pastoral team from Lake Chelan Lutheran Church from Washington. They have been listening carefully to people in their church as well as to questions of the pastoral needs of people who care for the dying. Their project involves conceiving a book of ritual...
Sabbath for Staff

Sabbath for Staff

As I reflected on the sabbath conversations yesterday the one element that we didn’t talk very much about was sabbath for staff.  We talked about the contexts of parishes where the pace is unsustainable.  Yet what does that do to those who serve in these settings?  John’s story about sabbatical was very instructive for me....
Summer 2012 Theme: Keeping Time/Life Passages

Summer 2012 Theme: Keeping Time/Life Passages

Keeping Time/Life Passages is the theme for the 2nd annual gathering of congregations from around the U.S. for a weeklong seminar in June.”Time, like an ever-rolling stream, soon bears us all away,” we sing with Isaac Watts. How does a congregation worship God from the midst of the days, weeks, years, and stages of life...