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Pastors in space

My science fiction-loving spouse introduced me to The Expanse, which some people describe as Game of Thrones in space. It’s considered speculative fiction and was first conceived by James S. A. Corey. Essentially it’s about a colonized solar system 200 … Continue reading

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Inch by inch, row by row

Happy 10th birthday Rainbow Community Garden! Here are just a few highlights from the past ten years, first in photos/music. Thank you Jesse Graber for the music and thank you Aaron Barnhart for providing the written highlights below.   From … Continue reading

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Good Friday: A symphony of sorrows

“From noon on, darkness came over the whole land…Many women were there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and … Continue reading

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Holy Week covering and uncovering

  A Holy Week reflection by Jan Buerge: We had planned it weeks ago.  The grey mesh fabric had been hanging across the color burst graphic for all of the weeks of Lent obscuring the energy and promise of that … Continue reading

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Turning guns into gardening tools

Tonight at Rainbow (April 2 from 6-8 pm), we welcome Shane Claiborne, Mike Martin of RAWtools, and friends.  They are on a speaking tour promoting their book, “Beating Guns: Hope for people who are weary of violence.” I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Starting again

It’s spring in KS, which means it’s prairie burning time. I know it’s coming every April, and yet I’m always caught off guard. (I can only imagine how many 911 calls are placed by out-of-towners who have never heard of … Continue reading

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Hello again from Minnesota

Hello from Minnesota or should I say, Minne-soooooooo-cold-a? My three-week residency at Collegeville Institute is coming to a close. Here is a movie with pictures and narration—my own way of saying thank you for this incredible place and opportunity. Here … Continue reading

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In the bulb

In the bulb there is a flower… unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.        -Natalie Sleeth, from the hymn “In the bulb there is a flower” In October 2017 I traveled alone to Berkeley, CA, seeking “emotional … Continue reading

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Hello from Apartment 9 on Ecumenical Drive

It begins—my long-awaited three-week writing residency with Collegeville Institute, located on Ecumenical Drive on the campus of St. John’s University, Minnesota. I’m here with about 10 other residents (theologians, pastors, artists, professors—you know, the general trouble making type.) I haven’t … Continue reading

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Up, down, and all around

Every year, the “high lights” of December come in the form of Arlie Regier’s sculpture. The lights are literally high—so high many people have to stand on their tip-toes just to reach the candles. And while I love this sculpture, … Continue reading

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