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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...
Coracle in the Valley: Spring – Fall 2021

Coracle in the Valley: Spring – Fall 2021

We are thrilled to be able to offer a number of really wonderful opportunities for formation, creation, and service in and from the Shenandoah Valley over the coming months!  Some of these offerings will be in-person at Corhaven, and others will be offered online and...
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...
What is “Essential Christianity”?

What is “Essential Christianity”?

At the end of 2020, our Executive Director, Bill Haley, had hit a wall.  He was trying to get on paper just what is the “Essence” of Coracle, but clarity was eluding him.  Then, in a spark of inspiration, he stepped back and took-in a broader perspective. ...
Beauty for Ballast: A New Coracle Initiative

Beauty for Ballast: A New Coracle Initiative

Blaise Pascal once wrote, “In difficult times carry something beautiful in your heart.”  This seems vitally important as we all continue through difficult times brought on by the pandemic, political strife, and racial brokenness.  In a boat, ballast is the weight...
Would you like a time to pray for Peace & Wholeness?

Would you like a time to pray for Peace & Wholeness?

If you are feeling the weight of the recent weeks and would like a contemplative space to be with God, please join some of our Coracle Spiritual Directors for a time to Pray for Peace and Wholeness on Thursday, January 21, between 9:30 and 10:30 AM or between 7 and 8...
On Jan 6th (and Epiphany)

On Jan 6th (and Epiphany)

It will come as no surprise that we are all shocked and grieved by what transpired at our Nation’s capital on Wednesday.  The lawlessness and violence on display in a space of such symbolic significance for our country is difficult to process.  Just as (if not...
Coracle at the End of 2020

Coracle at the End of 2020

Dear Friends of Coracle, Right around this time every year, I write a letter to you listing some of the great things that have happened through Coracle in the year almost passed and offering a little look ahead into the next year, and usually that letter ends up being...
Christmas Gift for Central American Mission Partners

Christmas Gift for Central American Mission Partners

At Coracle, we are committed to the idea that the work we put into cultivating a vibrant inner-relationship with God is never just for our own benefit; that relationship is always meant to flow outwards into the brokenness of the world around us as acts of generosity,...
Waiting Well: 2020 Advent Offerings

Waiting Well: 2020 Advent Offerings

The challenge is to wait well.  Over the past nine months, we have grown familiar with (and probably quite tired of) longing, hoping, and anticipating a promised restoration of life, peace, and community that remains on the unreachable horizon.  As we relinquish...
Create Among Creation

Create Among Creation

by Krista Cocozello It is written, “in the beginning, God created.” (Gen. 1.1)  It is the first thing we learn about Him.  It is no wonder then that we, made in God’s image, also have the desire to create.  Creative outlets look different for everyone.  For some, it...
“Christian Discipleship & The 2020 Election”

“Christian Discipleship & The 2020 Election”

This election cycle is already generating anxiety, fear, and increasing polarization across our country and in our churches.  We want to respond with a call to faithfulness, confidence, and love rooted in our security in Jesus’ love for us.  We hope you will...
Fall 2020: “Anchors in the Storm”

Fall 2020: “Anchors in the Storm”

Friends, it’s already been an intense year– severe storms of a pandemic and America’s racial reckoning have kicked up and are not done yet.  And here comes our election season, and this storm will be very intense for the next couple of months while the other two keep...
During COVID-19, Go Deeper and Bless

During COVID-19, Go Deeper and Bless

Peace be with you, friends. One of my dear mentors, Gordon Cosby, would say, “In times of crisis, go deeper…” We are in a crisis, and I’m ready to go deeper and help you go deeper too.  Last week I wrote to our staff and board, “I’m feeling energized by the...
Reflecting God’s Image in Community

Reflecting God’s Image in Community

“You’re like a mirror, reflecting me Takes one to know one, So take it from me…” –from “Dust to Dust” by The Civil Wars We’re all increasingly familiar and inundated – in religious and secular contexts equally – with the vocabulary around...
Introducing the Coracle Community… Join Us!

Introducing the Coracle Community… Join Us!

Alone, none of us will follow Jesus the way we most want to.  And community forms us more deeply than most things.  And small groups of Christians can do a lot more together for others.  For all these reasons and more, I’m delighted to announce the formation of the...