The Spirit in Crowds and Institutions

Holy Week may not be the best context for a reflection about the goodness and beauty of intact community structures.  This is the week we recall the undoing of the life of Jesus, his walk through a switchback from acclaim of hosannas and a vilification that led to his execution by the state.  Like many a politician, he is praised one moment by a crowd, only to be vilified the next by a crowd. Continue Reading

Pilgrimaging through Mud

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage” (Ps. 84:5).

That verse became my mantra at 20, when I was home from college for Christmas, and learned that our Lutheran pastor would be leaving for another congregation (which would be his last before he left the ministry).  Continue Reading