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Sabbatical Reflections: May 2014

Posted on May 21, 2014 in From Rev. Dave

Sabbatical Reflections: May 2014

“Coasting” We’re well past the mid-point of Allegheny’s sabbatical and I hope you are enjoying the fruits of this sabbatical season. You have every reason to feel good about your accomplishments. You have created worship for each another. You have supported each another pastorally. You have supported staff and leadership in their flourishing as they in turn support the flourishing of this community. You have kept warm the hearth and spiritual home. Even when the ceiling falls in. I was talking to a colleague friend who has a few sabbaticals to her credit. She said, “When some...

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What might beauty have in store for the soul…

Posted on May 1, 2014 in Feature Stories

What might beauty have in store for the soul…

There are no doubt very good evolutionary reasons for things that we find beautiful here on Earth. Beautiful fruits and grains show us where the good food is. Beautiful sunrises encourage us to live to the next day. Beautiful, smiling, or peaceful faces can make people feel connected. But the vastness of space is manifestly not shaped by human evolution much less influenced by the human aesthetic. Yet there they are: flashes of incredible beauty. A universe of mostly empty space offers all the more reason to celebrate incidents of sublime beauty and stand in awe and wonder at this beautiful...

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Live life driven by the spiritual gift of “courage”

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in Feature Stories

Live life driven by the spiritual gift of “courage”

  For the Ancient Greeks, courage was one of the four great virtues. It was lived most vividly on the battlefield where soldiers would live out their duty despite the cost with Aristotle speaking of courage as the balance between fear and confidence. Tao Te Ching author, Lao Tzu, offers the insight that “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Etymologically speaking, the courageous life is the life full of heart. Whole-hearted living calls us to live fully into what can be the most dangerous and fraught of places: the inner...

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Sabbatical Reflections: February 2014

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 in From Rev. Dave

Sabbatical Reflections: February 2014

My challenge to the church: to purge only that within the institution or within you that refuses to grow. “Grow your soul.” That's the Charge to the Congregation.

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Answer March’s spiritual call to “let go”

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 in Feature Stories

Answer March’s spiritual call to “let go”

It’s a thrill to swing on the rope and let go with a great splash into exhilarating waters. A terror and a joy to let go and fly into the next moment. Let go. Release the past. Lean into the future. Live deeply the present. A Sufi story credited to Khwaja Ali Ramitani tells of a monkey trap: ripe cherries in the bottom of a vessel with a large enough opening for a monkey’s open hand but small enough to trap the monkey’s clenched fist. As long as the monkey can’t let go, the monkey is trapped. Spiritual practice empowers us to let go. Nurtured by the past, called by...

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