A Forgiving Model

“What kinds of pastoral models were used in your own diocese back in Long Island?”  “Well,” I said hesitantly, “while people on Long Island gathered to reflect on the gospel in light of their own lived reality, the final word always belonged to the pastor.  The heirarchical model of church and pastoral practice is standard[…]

Freedom in Choice : Matthew 1:18-25

“Joseph, her husband, was a man of integrity.  Not wanting Mary to be disgraced, he intended to dismiss her quietly.  But while he was thinking about these things . . .”  –Matthew 1:19-20 Where is God in the midst of life’s unwarranted developments, disruptions, crises?  When we are confronted with circumstances we have not asked[…]

The Advent of Forgiveness: Luke 1:26-38

The God revealed in this story is the One who gifts unreservedly, who loves without negotiation, who indwells, who makes space for new life where space has not been perceived (or has even been prohibited), who links our lives inseparably with everyone else’s, who nurtures, who astonishes us with the invitation to welcome fully God’s[…]