Journal

Author: Bill Haley

Why We Care about Deconstruction

Why We Care about Deconstruction

This reflection marks the official launch of our 2022 “Doubt, Deconstruction & Redemption” Series.  We have always sought to offer care, companionship, and resources to those wrestling with their faith.  Now that “deconstruction” has become something...
“Learning Discernment from Trout”

“Learning Discernment from Trout”

In this “Space for God” devotional, Rev. Bill Haley (Coracle Executive Director) invites us to explore the wonders of trout and what they can teach us about the spiritual practice of discernment.  Learning to hear God’s particular voice to us is a...
Deconstruction, Discernment & 2022

Deconstruction, Discernment & 2022

Happy New Year, everybody!  Regarding this Year of our Lord 2022, I’m excited, intimidated, expectant, and sober.   I’m sober because the significant shifts and challenges that we’ve experienced in the past few years will persist and likely intensify.  I’m excited by...
Listening for God

Listening for God

In this “Space for God” devotional, Rev. Bill Haley (Coracle Executive Director) guides us through a time of experiencing God’s presence in a collection of sound recordings gathered from across the globe. From the beaches of Costa Rica, to the...
SOUNDINGS: “The Sweetness of Weakness”

SOUNDINGS: “The Sweetness of Weakness”

“Emptying precedes filling.”  Eugene Peterson   My favorite living novelist is the Canadian Roman Catholic, Michael D. O’Brien.  I’ve read most of his thirteen novels, and his Father Elijah remains one of the most formative works of fiction in my life.  For all...
Beauty & Desire: Why Both Matter

Beauty & Desire: Why Both Matter

As part of this year’s “Beauty for Ballast” offerings, we’re delighted to host Dr. Curt Thompson for our July Soundings Seminar to discuss themes from his forthcoming book, The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty, and Community. Over...
Enjoy God’s Gifts with us at Corhaven!

Enjoy God’s Gifts with us at Corhaven!

Along with Common Good Things and the whole Coracle team, Tara and I are excited to invite you to a gorgeous time at Corhaven on Saturday, July 31st we’re calling “Enjoying God’s Gifts: A Taste of Sabbath.” We didn’t really plan it for this reason, but now it comes to...
SOUNDINGS: Your “Crux Move”

SOUNDINGS: Your “Crux Move”

A few summers ago while vacationing in the High Country of North Carolina, my family found ourselves at a gym devoted to rock climbing, with high-pitched walls and many multi-colored hand and foot holds molded and screwed to the walls in a variety of patterns. ...
SOUNDINGS: “Shine in the Darkness”

SOUNDINGS: “Shine in the Darkness”

“…so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world”  Philippians 2.15   Paul speaks of “a crooked and twisted generation.”   I wonder,...
“Christ Be With Me”

“Christ Be With Me”

In this “Space for God” devotional, Rev. Bill Haley (Coracle Executive Director) guides us through a time of music, scripture, and silence oriented around St. Patrick’s famous “Breastplate Prayer.”  Whatever burdens you happen to be...
Your Deeper Christianity: Abandonment to God

Your Deeper Christianity: Abandonment to God

“The great aim of the Holy Spirit is to get us abandoned to God.” -Oswald Chambers   “The essence of spirituality is contained in this phrase: complete and utter abandonment to the will of God.” -Jean Pierre de Caussade These are bold statements from trusted...
A Personal Letter from Me

A Personal Letter from Me

Happy Bright Week friends!  This is the week when we continue to bask in the joy of the Resurrection, and there’s much to be joyful about, even as we carry the burdens of our days.  There’s much to tell you about, many good things, and if you read between the lines of...