Compassion

Vincent van Gogh’s Rembrandt, Nouwen’s van Gogh and Carol Berry’s Gift

Twenty or so years ago I read Leonard Sweet’s soulTsunami. Tucked away in that long description of the to-come for the church and religious life was a reference to Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, The Church at Auvers. A framed print greets me every morning as I come … Continue reading

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Tragedy Without Sirens

Déjà vu. One more time we listened as at least one meteorologist said, “This is setting up like the May 3rd tornado.” In our area, May 3rd is like 9/11 is like April 19 is now like May 20.

Our senses heighten when the crisis includes more … Continue reading

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We Prefer Right Over Compassion

Karen Armstrong offers thoughts combined with critique. Reviving a spirit where the “other” de-centers us from our own dogmatic center expressed by the “Golden Rule” is central to Armstrong’s thoughts. Believing and action cannot be separated.

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Thoughts from the Edge – Seeing the World In a Whole New Way

The week got by me and I did not get my usual podcast up offering a reflection on one or more of the Lectionary texts for the week. This week I will offer a brief written thought.

When you see the world, what do you see? In our current … Continue reading

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Alongside: Reflections on Compassion – Thoughts from the Edge

We celebrate Compassion Sunday this week at Snow Hill. Pointing to opportunities to express compassion fits well with the ongoing celebration of Easter and the practice of resurrection. We tend to “feel sorry” for people and keep our actions to a minimum. Following Jessu, who is the mark for … Continue reading

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