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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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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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Sabbatical Update: January 2014

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 in From Rev. Dave

Sabbatical Update: January 2014

Sitting finishing a lovely hot cocoa of a Monday morning (thanks to the care package the church sent me off with), it’s hard to believe a month has passed already. Today started, as has been more the rule than the exception, by taking the boys to school late due to yet another snow delay. We’re jokingly referring to this time as the “Snowbattical.” The sabbatical plan included a few small goals rather than one grand project. The weather made sure that I would reach at least one of those goals: spending more time with the kids. Turns out the sabbatical is book-ended by two...

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Celebrate the Spiritual Gift of “Wisdom”

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 in From Rev. Dave

Celebrate the Spiritual Gift of “Wisdom”

This African American Heritage Month, exploring the received wisdom of the ages, we look to the West African image of Sankofa: the bird forced to fly hastily from its home, yet who carries an egg nestled within its back feathers. Literally “Sankofa” is a Ghanian word that’s usually translated as “reach back and get it.” It is a call to ancient and traditional wisdom in the service of a better future. Unitarian Universalism famously reaches back to get all manner of wisdom from all manner of sources to serve a better future. The spiritual practice of deeply...

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Allegheny’s Sabbatical

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 in From Rev. Dave

Allegheny’s Sabbatical

You are a blessing. You are all ministers. To this congregation. To this neighborhood. To this planet. May this sabbatical be a blessing to all. And may these months teach us and bring forth from within us that which the days and weeks never know.

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The Grateful Heart as a Spiritual Practice

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 in From Rev. Dave

The Grateful Heart as a Spiritual Practice

It’s reported that Meister Eckhart said, “Were the word ‘Thanks’ the only prayer you ever say, it would suffice.” (Wäre das Wort ›Danke‹ das einzige Gebet, das du je sprichst, so würde es genügen.) Madison Avenue would like to convince us that if we have the right salary or the right amount of stuff (that they sell), then we’d be happy and finally we’d have something to be grateful for. But turns out that that’s exactly the opposite of how it works! It’s through being grateful that we live a happy life. That’s what the “Grateful Heart” meditation was...

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