March 20: Old Rules & New Rule Part 2

OLD RULES AND NEW RULE PART TWO So, yesterday we explored the evolution of patterns of organized living the church calls Rules of Life.  I am realizing that we all need a personal strategy specific to this moment to ground ourselves in reality, seek health in every dimension, and practice

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March 19: Old Rules & New Rule, Part 1

OLD RULES AND NEW RULE PART ONE So, this season of social distancing proves it….I am a hobbit after all!  Like the (barely) mythical creatures populating J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary masterwork The Lord of the Rings, and much like the distinguished Oxford Don and fantasy author himself, when left to my

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March 18: Space for Prayer

First, a sincere “Thank You” to all who have provided feedback by voice, text or email.  I truly appreciate hearing from you and please keep it coming!  Before we go into the weekend and potentially my “How to Survive Social Isolation as a Raving Extrovert” reflection, followed by the “How

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March 16: Journaling

Part of any Lenten journey is the experimentation with new and different spiritual habits, or if you prefer, life habits for the Christian journey.  Some are enduring and non-negotiable, like Sunday communal worship, regular reading of and reflection upon God’s word, generosity in sharing our blessings with others, and the

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March 15: Time

In every family, in every generation, I believe God provides one curator, one intrepid soul willing to endure the slings and arrows of familial scorn to courageously preserve cherished heirlooms of master craftsmen, woodworkers, artists, and seamstresses.  I remember as a child in the late 1960s playing endlessly at my

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March 14: Healing Power of Humor

In the words of my troupe of spiritual directors, Monty Python, “And now, time for something completely different!”  Humor is a wonderful spiritual gift to employ in times of stress.  To laugh at life’s circumstances is to be completely human, and I understand laughter releases many positive biochemicals to counteract

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COVID-19 Update #3

ECOT COBID-19 UPDATE THREE March 13, 2020 Dearest Transfiguration Members and our many friends, I have additional updates which impact our lives and provide more clarity for our church.  Today our neighboring counties of Pitkin and Garfield joined Eagle County’s Health and Environment Director in the Public Order he issued

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March 13: Fear

Well it feels somehow appropriate.  We get a Friday the 13 in this Lenten season, and like any good horror movie, the villain of this Lent has just jumped right out from behind the epidemiological tree to give us a good scare!  As any horror aficionado knows, there’s always a villain

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March 12: The Needs of Many

My sincere apologies for the missing reflection yesterday.  As they say, some days you bite the bear, but other days, the bear bits you.  Much bear-biting yesterday!  Our traditional Lenten rhythms, and indeed our very daily way of life, is being upended by a virus which seemingly has punctured our

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