So it truly is a miracle to experience the sudden bursting into new life that occurs as the weeks of May give way to the sudden warmth of a New England spring – so long delayed that it seems no sooner here than it’s gone and suddenly, summer is upon us. My thoughts of … More In but not of: that’s the question.
I’ve been thinking about friendship. One of my weaknesses has always been an ability to move-through. I‘m struck by a paradox of moving-through. Emotional attachment to places and people is a necessary skill for a priest to have, yet so is the ability to detach and move on. As a priest, one enters a community … More I’ve Been Thinking About Friendship
A sermon from Linda Mackie Griggs for Easter 5 Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. Every year during this liturgical season I go on a mission to remind people … More Bearing Resurrection Fruit
In the 12th-century, St Bernard of Clairvaux, founder of the great Cistercian reform of Benedictine life described Holy Scripture as: a vast sea in which a lamb can paddle and an elephant can swim. When it comes to our encounter with the Bible through a regular practice of reading Holy Scripture, most of us … More Of Lambs and Elephants
Does the first story of Jesus’ resurrection still have any power to change the way we live in the present time? The fact that each of the Gospel writers and St Paul describe the events surrounding Jesus’ resurrection differently, is according to N. T. Wright, the best evidence that they were describing real memories … More Collaboration
A sermon for Easter 2 from the Rev. Linda Mackie Griggs “Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side.” It was a common practice of the Gospel writers to, as they say in theater circles, pierce “the fourth wall”; … More Persistence: John 20:19-31
Science may be described as the art of systematic oversimplification – the art of discerning what we may with advantage omit. Karl Popper Blinded by the language of scientific oversimplification with its emphasis on proceeding by falsification our culture no longer understands the nuanced power of story. Stories are things we tell our … More Stories To Live By