Monthly Archives: September 2015

Near the end of the eclipse

It looks like a shadow of something, maybe a hand with a cloth trying to wipe out an unbearable brightness from our eyes, or the curve and feathered breast of a bird lifting. I understand how frightening it must have … Continue reading

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Turning off ESPN …Blessing of the Animals

I anticipate a “blessing of the animals” service in my congregation this week and think about what I have learned from God’s creatures. I watch the dog play — she chases a stick, returning it, again and again – for … Continue reading

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Heartbreak and who blesses whom in Blessing of the Animals?

Heartbreak is a primary contributor to our ability to love. When we willingly and freely open ourselves to another and receive, in return, less than love or less than what we understand as love or even purposeful pain, the breaking … Continue reading

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An Improvisation on Canticle of the Creatures for Pope Francis’ Arrival

Welcome is our brother Francis who comes to Cuba and comes to Washington, hoping to shine a light in places newly reconciled, hug children, pray prayers. And welcome is brother Obama, whose term wanes like the moon, but still whose … Continue reading

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For everything a season …

The man was so gentle that, when he stood by the back door of the white church he had come every week for ten years to clean, as the volunteer janitor, and leaned against the splintered frame looking at September … Continue reading

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Prayers for Toxic Tour, Ontario Canada

Here is a prayer: Creator, grant us the strength of purpose to make this shit end. Show us how to make the politicos and officials give a damn. Teach them how to curb their rapacious greed and avarice. Amen Matthew … Continue reading

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Wedding Prayer in honor of Rosh Hashanah

A week ago I officiated at a brief wedding, a legal event in advance of the wedding celebration of a couple who were raised — one in Conservative Judaism and one in Roman Catholicism.  This is the prayer I prayed … Continue reading

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