Sabbath
Marking Time in Multiple Modes

Marking Time in Multiple Modes

*The following is a transcript of the Summer Seminar closing lecture, given by Rev. Tom Troeger, Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication, on Friday, June 25, 2012*    Marking Time in Multiple Modes   I was very taken with Teresa Berger’s observation that we live with different calendars.  Perhaps you can still picture...
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....
Time like an ever rolling stream....

Time like an ever rolling stream….

This passage from Isaac Watts’ well-known paraphrase of psalm 90 reflects the perpetual forward momentum that distinctly characterizes the dimension of time. This stream however, is one that we are unable to dam or stop. We human beings are so often wrought with anxieties regarding a shortage of time, or perhaps wrought with a restless...
Keeping Time with Jesus

Keeping Time with Jesus

I must admit, I didn’t know quite what to expect yesterday morning, but I knew I already felt like a survivor.  I had made my way through a torrential downpour and dazzling lightning display to the Congregations Project opening session–tested by water and fire, just like the Israelites, I thought to myself.  What else lay...
The Master Clock

The Master Clock

I always used to think time was a relative thing.  When I was running late in college, I figured I could easily just turn my watch back 5 minutes, and when my teacher would reprimand me, I could tell them their watch is 5 minutes fast.  Who’s to say one of us is right and...