Journal

A Different Kind of Independence Day

An invitation to THE CORHAVEN GRAVEYARD JUNETEENTH WORK-DAY & PICNIC by Sarah Kohrs On June 19, 1865, emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans finally occurred in the US. Since then, celebrations commemorating this Juneteenth holiday, when...

Honoring the Maker

By: Susan Den Herder In the words of my favorite farmer-poet-essayist,  “…to make a product that is not both useful and beautiful, is to dishonor God, nature, the thing that is made, and whomever it is made for.”  Common Good Things, an initiative of Coracle, is...

The God Who Sees

By: Karen McNary Participant on our recent Slavery in Virginia Pilgrimage, April 13-14, 2019 I came into Coracle’s Slavery in Virginia Pilgrimage on Palm Sunday weekend feeling hurt but hopeful, exacerbated yet expectant. The weekend marked the end of the sixth...

Hope Comes from the Cave

I returned from the Holy Land just 10 days ago from Coracle’s most recent pilgrimage with the Telos Group.  What struck me this time particularly was how central caves are in the story of Christ and the hope of the world.  In Israel where stone is the dominant feature...
The First of the Seven Last Words

The First of the Seven Last Words

(I offered these reflections today at The Falls Church Anglican) This Good Friday, we remember the seven last words of Jesus from the cross.  Seven last gasps.  The Apostle John said of Jesus that if a person tried to write down all the things he did and said, the...
All Creation Looking and Longing for God

All Creation Looking and Longing for God

“Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights!  Praise Him, all His angels, praise Him all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you shining stars!  Praise Him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens. Let...

Own Who You Are

By Ann Bodling, Coracle Spiritual Director Some time ago, a spiritual director spoke the words to my husband…”Own who you are!”  But what to do when we don’t remember very clearly, when forces beyond our control cause us to forget? The little...

SOUNDINGS – What the Holy Land Needs Now

Tomorrow I’ll fly to the Holy Land with another 17 pilgrims for a very unusual experience of Israel and Palestine.  Todd Deatherage of The Telos Group and I will co-lead it, our fourth trip doing this together.   It’ll be my sixth trip following in the literal...

From Carla on moving to NoVA/DC

I’ve spent the last 17 years as a teacher, college/career counselor, and principal at a public high school in Los Angeles, working primarily with underserved students in an urban area. Midway through that time, I moved to Northern Ireland to earn my Masters in...
Creating Space for God, for Others

Creating Space for God, for Others

by Carla Mueller, Coracle Associate   Last fall, I felt the Lord inviting me into an extended season of rest. 30+ years of performance orientation and a career of fulfilling that drive for achievement working in a Los Angeles public school had left me exhausted....