Journal

Category: Contemplative Life

The Recipe for True Retreat

The Recipe for True Retreat

In May 2021, we were thrilled to help Kayla Allen and MaryJo Peak host “The Retreat at Swift Run Farm,” which started with a desire to create a beautiful experience around the table that would nourish women through storytelling and delicious food.  After...
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,...
COVID & The Church in Nepal: The Second Wave

COVID & The Church in Nepal: The Second Wave

The leader of the Anglican Church in Nepal recently sent out this letter to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (for which Rev. Bill Haley is Chairman of the Board).  You’ll see below both that the situation is very dire, and that God is at work in powerful...
“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...
“Broken Beauty”

“Broken Beauty”

In this “Space for God: Beauty” devotional, Barbara Ryan (Coracle Associate) reflects on the deep reality of how beauty interacts with brokenness. She helps us all encounter God’s infinite power and desire to redeem and transform brokenness into...
The Spiritual Art of Baking

The Spiritual Art of Baking

We are very grateful to feature this piece by our good friend Laura Mastroianni.  Laura is a 2017 Coracle Fellowship Alumna, a regular at Coracle Community Gatherings, and a part of the launch team for the Coracle Fellowship in Baltimore, where she shares her...
Praying Our Metaphors

Praying Our Metaphors

In this “Space for God” devotional, Drew Masterson (Coracle Dir. of Comms & Dev) guides us through a series of scriptures highlighting some of the ways our humanity is imagined in the Bible– our intimate connection to the earth, God’s hands-on...
“Love Poured Out” with Rev. Skip Ryan

“Love Poured Out” with Rev. Skip Ryan

In this “Space for God” devotional, Rev. Skip Ryan guides us through a prayerful encounter with the first five verses of Romans 5. He helps us connect with this passage at a heart-deep level, as we understand the ongoing, day-by-day experience of...
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 CaussadeThese are bold statements from trusted disciples,...
Learning Abandonment to God

Learning Abandonment to God

Below is a reflection written by Robert Mackay, a graduate of the 2017 Coracle Fellowship Program.  We hope you will be blessed by his story and faithfulness, as we certainly have been! Read Robert’s Reflection LEARN MORE ABOUT ABANDONMENT TO GOD Explore The...
Brother Lawrence & The Nearness of God

Brother Lawrence & The Nearness of God

In this “Space for God” devotional, Karla Petty (Coracle Dir. of Program Development) guides us through a time of learning from the life and wisdom of Brother Lawrence (1614-1691). She weaves together scripture, music, and stories from Brother Lawrence to...
Encountering Beauty (and God) in Nature

Encountering Beauty (and God) in Nature

86. From Aurora LeighBy Elizabeth Barrett Browning TRUTH, so far, in my book;—the truth which drawsThrough all things upwards,—that a twofold worldMust go to a perfect cosmos. Natural thingsAnd spiritual,—who separates those twoIn art, in morals, or the social...
“Art Break” with Jan Haugen

“Art Break” with Jan Haugen

In this “Space for God: Beauty” long-time docent at the National Gallery of Art, Jan Haugen, guides us through a practice of gratitude using the story and colorful artwork of African-American artist, Alma Thomas, for inspiration.Click Here for more on Alma...
Luke 4:16-22 with Rev. Kendrick Curry

Luke 4:16-22 with Rev. Kendrick Curry

In this “Space for God: BIBLE,” Rev. Kendrick Curry (Coracle Co-Chair) helps us read Luke 4:16-22 “from the bottom up.”  He encourages us to seek solidarity with the perspective of the marginalized and disinherited, and he explains a few ways that altered-perspective...