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Category: Coracle News

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...
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...
Coracle’s 2021 Annual Report

Coracle’s 2021 Annual Report

It has been another challenging, stretching, and exciting year for all of us, and for Coracle too.  The Lord has been faithful, and we are in awe as we look back on the places of new creativity and growth into which he has led us that we couldn’t have predicted...
A Coracle Fellow’s Testimonial: Will Rowe

A Coracle Fellow’s Testimonial: Will Rowe

I joined the Fellows program to get clarity on my future vocation as I move into my mid-60s.  I came to faith in 1975 after personal loss, a search for meaning, and a journey that took me to some 50 different houses of worship over 50 weeks.  My life changed and my...
An Interview with 2021 Coracle Fellow Sarah Hoyt

An Interview with 2021 Coracle Fellow Sarah Hoyt

What initially drew you towards the Coracle Fellowship Program?A dear friend who had been a Fellow the previous year recommended I look into this program. I’m so glad I did! And I remain grateful to my friend!What is one retreat that has particularly resonated with...
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 write out the “Essence” of Coracle, but the task was eluding him.  Then, in a spark of inspiration, he stepped back and widened his perspective.  He instead asked,...
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’s 2020 Annual Report

Coracle’s 2020 Annual Report

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...