Monthly Archives: July 2016

ECC European regional gathering

Bishop Francis Krebs, the Presiding Bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC), is in Poland to visit European colleagues and to ordain two deacons in the ECC’s member church, the Reformowany Kościół Katolicki w Polsce (Reformed Catholic Church in Poland). Suzanne Schloemann and I … Continue reading

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Auschwitz-Birkenau and the politics of deception

On Tuesday, July 19, I will take a tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, not far from Krakow, Poland. Tonight, I’ll write about the experience of stepping into a place of history created by a man whose social vision was white … Continue reading

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Inflight Spirit Retreat

The itinerary indicates that LOT Polish Airlines flight 676 to Warsaw and Krakow will leave from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport’s Terminal F. But the departure display doesn’t show any LOT #676, Warsaw, or a 14:40 departure time. My pulse speeds up a … Continue reading

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“Gathering around the fire”—charism, offering, and vocational passion

I want to report on the summer school seminar I attended during the first week of July in the historic Dutch city of Utrecht. 19 learners of diverse ages and nationalities spent five days with members of the Old Catholic … Continue reading

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Mystery, possibility, and freedom in a time of angry killing

Killings of civilians or police officers, any time, anywhere, by anyone diminish possibility for everyone, everywhere. Racism, sexism, agism, classism, and their myriad companions any time, anywhere, by anyone diminish possibility for everyone, everywhere. The unnoticed and unremarked –ism that confounds the best human intentions … Continue reading

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Mystery, possibility, and freedom

I road the bus to Janskerkhof this morning and realized for the first time that I didn’t need to think about where I was going and when I should get off. My body had memorized the pattern of starts and turns … Continue reading

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Chaos, discombobulation, and the pattern of renewal

On June 28—anticipating a shift to The Netherlands later in the week—I wrote in Manchester, England: Beginning July 3, I’ll trace the courses and the conversations that take place in Utrecht. Between now and then, I’ll report and remark on … Continue reading

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