Re-imagining church & practicing sabbath

April 27, 2018

One of The Well’s core practices is that of “re-imagining” & we describe it like this: “While we respect and seek to follow a rich Christian heritage, we also value our freedom to creatively re-imagine the church in our current context. We are committed to questioning and critiquing our current practices, and are open to […]

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An invitation to come home

April 16, 2018

This is the message that was shared on Sunday, April 8th during our gathering. It is part of our “Embody: practicing resurrection through our bodies” series & is based on John 21:1-14. — I came across a painting this week that captured my attention. It’s a painting by David Hayward entitled “I Embrace My Roots” (to […]

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Let’s start here: bodies do matter.

April 12, 2018

This is the message that was shared on Sunday, April 8th during our gathering. It is part of our “Embody: practicing resurrection through our bodies” series & is based on John 20:19-31. — On my 40th birthday, I had the honor of performing my beloved grandmother’s funeral. It was one of the most difficult, yet richest […]

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Practicing resurrection through our bodies

April 5, 2018

“The Word became flesh & blood…” – John 1:14 The entirety of the gospel springs from this one not-so-minor detail: God came to us in a flesh & blood human being. Jesus came in a body. Through his body, we see what love & justice & generosity look like. Through his body, we see what […]

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Posture matters

February 13, 2018

We continue to move through the Narrative Lectionary & the art of seeing. Here are some words for the journey that were shared this Sunday. The text is John 9:1-41. — What is your initial posture toward “the other”? Before you can answer that question, it may be helpful to name who the “other” is for you […]

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Lent & returning to love

February 9, 2018

Another Lent is upon us & for some, this season can feel a lot like going through the motions. If we allow it, instead of a season of reflection, Lent can be another in a long line of religious rituals that leaves us less transformed & more weighed down in “shoulds” & shame. So, every […]

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On overturning the temple (John 2:13-22)

January 23, 2018

We continue to move through the Narrative Lectionary & right now we are in the gospel of John. Here are some words for the journey that were shared this Sunday. The text is John 2:13-22. — What would you do if you encountered an 8-foot bride on a busy street corner? If you are like […]

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A new year & a new way of seeing

January 6, 2018

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.” ― Elizabeth Barrett Browning We live in an age of continuous distraction, of only paying partial attention & of invitation overload. We live in a time when multi-tasking, […]

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Sunday sabbath & the start of a new year

December 29, 2017

Advent may have signaled the start of a new year in the life of the Church, but entering a new calendar year is significant, too. It always feels like a fresh start & another new beginning. It also makes me wonder: Am I ready…and, what does it even mean to be ready? Over the past […]

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Light a candle for love

December 23, 2017

Scripture speaks of Christ as the light coming into the world. In celebration and anticipation of that coming, we light candles for the four weeks leading to Christmas. So far this Advent, we have gathered to light candles of defiance, hope & generosity. This Sunday morning, although we will not be together, we are invited […]

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