could this work as a Lenten practice?

40 days are before us. time to reflect, prepare, and renew. many conversations are buzzing around my community. conversation about church growth, ministry for youth, issues of no money, and the importance of tradition. all well and good – yet I am hearing an undercurrent that cries for an awakening.

I share this blog with you. her words are direct and challenging. could this work as a Lenten practice? I would like to think ‘yes’. Thank you, Tamie Fields Harkins.

http://owlrainfeathers.blogspot.com/2010/11/ah-church.html

“If you can not measure it, it does not exist.”

This quote catches the attention of anyone who lives near the world of metaphor and faith. I share this ‘talk’ knowing that I ask you to sit and listen for a few more minutes than normal. It will be worth the time spent.

The Power of Vulnerability

Brene Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

All in a dream.

I’ve thought about dreams a lot this season. Joseph had many as Matthew tells us. Each dream challenged him to be some one different – to take a different path. There was risk. There is always risk. I am grateful for Joseph and his willingness to listen and respond in faith.

In a world filled with a rising fear of evil, I thank Father Mark for sharing this perspective.

LISTEN AND HEAR THE GOSPEL  (click here — Trinity Wall Street — Christmas II)

To post every week for 2011

Okay I like New Year’s because it is an easy time to START something different. My sense is that this year, 2011, will be filled with different opportunities in my life and plenty of insights to reflect on.

So I will be posting on this blog at least once a week for all of 2011.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Here goes,

Carrie+

the first martyr, two days after Christmas!

I am very grateful for how the Episcopal Church uses the yearly calendar to honor the people in history who have lived their faith in many ways and taken great risk to share God’s good news.

We do not celebrate long before we are reminded that living the good news is filled with risk — because God is making ALL things new!

And so we remember – Stephen… (to learn more click here)

December 27-

Collect of the Day ~ Stephen, Deacon and Protomartyr

We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who stands at your right hand; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

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