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Your Work is God’s Work

Your Work is God’s Work

On June 29th, in Washington, D.C., Coracle will host In the World: Vocation and Work for the third-straight year. Why would we offer the same retreat year after year? Because our work continues to be one of the primary ways God works through us to accomplish His good...
Breathed On and Sent

Breathed On and Sent

Near the end of John’s Gospel, on the evening of the very first Easter, Jesus said to His disciples, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And He breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21-22)...

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...
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...

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....

Tell Me the Story Again, Please

Bedtime stories. Epic ballads. Campfire tales. They are the stories that never grow old, that fade in one form only to emerge again arrayed with different adjectives, a different detail or two, but recognizable to anyone.  When we were very young, my older brother and...

For Lent: East and West VS. North and South

I love Lent.  Somehow it gives me the opportunity again to honestly own what I deeply know––I am a sinner, and sin.  In the words of the confession from the 1559 Book of Common Prayer (see below) which we sometimes still say, “There is no health in us”.  Lent reminds...
Transforming Love and Lent

Transforming Love and Lent

Lent is a sweet anticipated season for me.  Each year, I remember the image of coming home to the warm embrace of the Prodigal Father, eagerly awaiting my return. Dallas Willard describes repentance, central to the season of Lent, as a time to reconsider a strategy...

Towards Racial Healing in America

Brothers and sisters, we are ALL pained by the ongoing and exacerbated tensions around race in our moment.  And I know if you’re reading this, you want to be part of the healing and part of the reconciliation.   To help us do this, me and quite a few dear friends are...

Making the Drive to Corhaven a Part of Your Retreat!

When you arrive, you’ll see a small plaque on our front porch that reads, “Bidden or not bidden, God is present”.  God will be present to you here.   God has given us this space so that others can find him, and he likes to be found, and he likes to find us! Your...
Why Walk? (El Camino 2019!)

Why Walk? (El Camino 2019!)

It is true that nowadays there are many faster ways to travel 100 kilometers or 62 miles than walking.  And yet, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela is more popular than ever.  While the major motion picture helped, there is a growing trend towards spiritual...

The Parent’s Circle and Telos Group

You all know that we often travel to Israel and Palestine with our good friends at Telos Group.  They are hosting an event this month with The Parents Circle. Robi Damelin and Mazen Faraj from the Parents Circle are coming to the NoVA area.  Here’s a flyer for...

A Journey in the Path of Immigrants

by: Amy Lauger Coracle Fellow – Class of 2017 Two dozen of us from various nations braved the weather on the deck. The January wind was brisk! We became downright giddy, skipping around the deck to snap pictures of all that was around us as the sun was setting....

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