Entries by CCNA


Pandemic   What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times?   Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is.   Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. […]


I am the door….

John 10: “I am the door.”   “While our speed may keep us safe, it also keeps us malnourished. It prevents us from tasting those things which would truly make us safe: Prayer, touch, kindness, fragrance–all those things live in rest and not in speed. Only when we take refuge in rest can we feel […]

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How Painful?

“In the same way, I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born,” says the Lord. –Isaiah 66:9 “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” –C. S. Lewis  


  Evening –Adam Bittleston I go into the realm of the invisible. The weight of my earthly body The surging forces of my earthly life Release their hold. In the world into which I now enter The watchful care of the Angels The loving guidance of the Archangels The creative power of the Spirits of […]

One World

Poem of the One World mary oliver This morning the beautiful white heron was floating along above the water and then into the sky of this the one world we all belong to where everything sooner or later is part of everything else which thought made me feel for a little while quite beautiful myself. […]


Creator Said…

The universe only pretends to be made of matter. Secretly it is made of love. Creator said, “I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it. It is the realization that they create their own reality.” The eagle said, “Give it to me. I will take it to the moon.” […]

Easter Prayer

Easter   II Adam Bittleston By His strong thought forgetfulness of God, By His strong love the hatred of good, By His pure life the bitterness of death, Are overcome in depths of earth. Time is no longer empty, through His deed; In our heart’s beat His living grace awakes; Into our house the Easter air […]


News from the Seminary Directors

Dear Friends, We have some exciting news to announce from our Seminary Directors, Jonah and Patrick! Given the extraordinary situation our congregations are experiencing world-wide, Patrick and Jonah are offering a daily podcast called ‘The Road to Emmaus’ during this Eastertide season. For the next 40 days (with the exception of Saturdays), they will be […]

No One Dies Alone

No One Dies Alone –Cindy Hindes In the current situation, we may bemoan that many are dying alone. No one dies alone. One’s guardian angel is always there. And predeceased loved ones also gather to guide the who is one dying across the threshold. From a forthcoming book by Iris Paxino, Bridges Between Life and Death: […]

Easter Homily

  Easter Sunday Mark 16: 1-18 (adapted from Madsen)   And when the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb just as the sun was […]