Category Archives: Reflecting

These posts begin in 2007 as I was beginning my journey through seminary.

John’s Story of Abundance

Dear friends, As you may have heard, this past Sunday we kicked off our Stewardship campaign.  At our 10am worship service, parishioner John Bennett gave such a truly beautiful reflection on stewardship that people requested for us to make it … Continue reading

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It’s Holy Week

It’s Holy Week on the Christian calendar and I’m sitting in a Panera Bread reading my Facebook feed.  I see posts about Christian spirituality and posts about the everyday details of life.  And I see posts of solidarity, outrage, and … Continue reading

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Stuff: Rule #5

5 – Understand the ultimate unsoundness of the industrial doctrine of ‘labour saving’ if that implies poor work, unemployment, or any kind of pollution or contamination. Shopping.  I remember when the homesoil of the United States was attacked by terrorists … Continue reading

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Self-care: Rule #4

4 – Always supply local needs first (and only then think of exporting products – first to nearby cities, then to others). If clergy in the Episcopal Church have heard any lecture over and over again in our training, it’s … Continue reading

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Hope: Rule #3

Rule #3 – Always ask how local needs might be supplied from local sources, including the mutual help of neighbours. As a latch-key kid of the 70’s and early 80’s, I spent a lot of time watching sit-com reruns on … Continue reading

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Biophilia: Rule #2

  Rule #2: Always include local nature – the land, the water, the air, the native creatures – within the membership of the community. I think it was 10th grade when we read Watership Down.  You might remember it too.  … Continue reading

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On Balconies: Rule #1

Rule #1: Always ask of any proposed change or innovation: What will this do to our community?  How will this affect our common wealth? As we start on this journey through Wendell Berry’s 17 Rules of Sustainable Communities, it does … Continue reading

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