Spiritual Renewal~Chârtres

For those trying to authentically follow Jesus.

I was 16 when my eyes first saw the magestic spires, one romanesque and one gothic, of Chârtres. Chârtres made a huge impression on me, even at that tender age. It was a birthday gift to be able to travel to France with my beloved high school French teacher. A love for France and its people has remained with me. But somehow in that first trip, I missed the labyrinth and the importance it would eventually make in my life. Walking a labyrinth would eventually become an important part of my regular spiritual renewal plan.

I have returned to Chârtres several times, but the labyrinth was never empty of chairs, until today. Today I had done my research, and I had the honor and privilege of walking and praying through the oldest inlaid labyrinth in France. It dates from around the 1200’s.

If you have never walked a labyrinth it…

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Spiritual renewal continued 

For those trying to authentically follow Jesus.

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Planes to new destinations! Renewal with very few responsibilities! It seems like a dream come true. It has been a very long time since I did not have a gazillion daily responsibilities. Moving into a moment by moment thought pattern is hard for me. I am always thinking of the next things that have to be done-yes, I am a classic “J” on the Meyers-Briggs scale. As I attempt to move into a new pattern of journeying in life during this next month, I am trying to discern what that pattern might look like in order to be intentional in spiritual renewal. Part of that new pattern might be giving thanks for every little detail of blessing during the next month. Giving thanks is already a part of my routine, but usually I am too busy running to be thankful in the smaller details. This day I am thankful for…

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Spiritual Renewal

For those trying to authentically follow Jesus.

This was my 5 year old Great nephew’s portrait of me. How is it that a 5 year old perceives that you are always on the run? For me, it is time to just “be.” Even Jesus tells his disciples, ”Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” Mark 6:31.

So that is what I am doing. It is time for sabbatical! While there will be fun times involved with family and friends, much of the time will be spent in spiritual renewal. This is a time to allow Jesus to speak deeply, once again, into me and over me. I am eager to listen. I have no expectations except to pay attention and listen.

For much of this time I will be disconnected, off the grid. Some of the time will be spent with the Taize community, and the majority of the time will be…

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The Loneliness of Being a Millennial in Church

Sarah Howell-Miller

I often feel lonely in church.

Sometimes it has to do with my role. As a pastor, I have certain responsibilities to the people I serve, what we call the “sacred trust.” I try not to be someone other than who I really am, but there is still a sense in which I am never fully myself in church. And that can be lonely.

But what’s on my mind today isn’t the loneliness of being a pastor. I’ll save that for another post. What’s on my mind today is the loneliness of being a millennial in the mainline church.

There is a kind of grief that comes when you look around a room of hundreds of people united by a common identity for a common purpose and see hardly anyone within 10 years of your age. Mind you, I have no desire to be part of a community that is comprised solely…

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The Greater Family Win! (And 5 ideas for new wins.)

For those trying to authentically follow Jesus.

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Life is a balancing act, and so is parenting. When the kids are young, if we can be lucky enough to have some play time, get dinner in them, not have any tears and get them to bed on time it feels like a win! When they are teenagers, if we have gotten everyone to the right places, managed to watch the kid’s games, made sure the homework was done, get them dinner, not have any meltdowns and to bed, it can be a win. A question for the family win column is, “Have we added any spiritual direction to that list of family wins?”

Parents, you are responsible for your children’s spiritual health. Part of the very core of our being is spiritual. Part of raising our kids is to give them a healthy understanding of who God is and how God acts in the world. This is not…

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Bill Dulany left behind a legacy of leadership in the community – Time Flies by Kevin Dayhoff for Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bill Dulany left behind a legacy of leadership in the community - Time Flies by Kevin Dayhoff for Sunday, April 16, 2017 Please find my article on Delegate Dulany here: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/columnists/features/ph-cc-dayhoff-041617-20170410-column.html I was very young and full of many questions when I first met Del. Dulany. This was when I just started to have an … Continue reading Bill Dulany left behind a legacy of leadership in the community – Time Flies by Kevin Dayhoff for Sunday, April 16, 2017

The author of a book on Warren Dorsey at the Historical Society Box Lunch Talk

The author of a book on Warren Dorsey at the Historical Society Box Lunch Talk Folks have asked where this article may be found: Time Flies: The author of a book on Warren Dorsey spoke at the Historical Society Box Lunch Talk on Feb. 21 Time Flies: The author of a book on Warren Dorsey … Continue reading The author of a book on Warren Dorsey at the Historical Society Box Lunch Talk

This Day in History: April 12, 1946 Permanent Auto Tags For Maryland

Permanent Auto Tags For State Assured By O'Conor Will Save $60,000 Annually, He Declares, To Use Two Plates Democratic Advocate, April 12, 1946. Governor Herbert R. O'Conor today announced his decision to provide permanent automobile registration tags for motor vehicles in the State. Commenting on the new system, Governor O'Conor said; "This is the plan … Continue reading This Day in History: April 12, 1946 Permanent Auto Tags For Maryland