Journal

Stripping

My thoughts lingered on the stripping of the altar as the mood in the Maundy Thursday service shifted from Holy Eucharist to Gethsemane. All was cleared: left over bread and wine, communion vessels and fine linens, and candles. These items won’t be needed now....
The Importance of Retreat

The Importance of Retreat

What is retreat, and why do we do it?  Retreat is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction under a director.”  A Christian retreat is often referred to as a definite time spent away from...

“Where Do We Go From Here”

Soren Johnson is one of Coracle’s board members, and recently he gave this address to over 800 (mostly) Catholic men on retreat in Herndon, VA.  His words apply to all men who long to follow God while living in these times.  “Where do we go from here?” Annual...

Praise God!! Fifteen Years Later…

In 1997, some old friends and those who would become old friends hosted the Emerging Urban Leaders Summit in Washington DC, with the help of Re:generation Quarterly, The Falls Church, and Leadership Network.  We wanted to name and capitalize on the fact that God was...

Communion

At this point in a conference like this on justice, it’s already overwhelming.  It’s quick and easy to feel like there’s so much to do, and so much I’m not doing, even when I’m already trying to do as much as I know to do.  What to do with these longings, these...

A Marathon vs. A Sprint

The long, tedious work of love in the ordinary is what the work of justice most needs.  So said another old friend, Gary Haugen, who spoke this morning.  His talk opened by reflecting on the problem that remains:  27 million people in slavery…more than New York,...

Being Just vs. Doing Justice

This conference is impressive, and so heartening (more on that later).  But some thoughts on the opening plenary session.  A note about scope:  several thousand people in the Philadelphia Convention Center (the majority quite on the younger side) from around the...

What Is Justice, Anyway?

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard the word ‘justice’ already, well… The effect of so much attention on one topic from so many different angles can hurt the head, and it makes me ask, “OK, now just what are we talking about again?  And just what is...

Creation Care as an Act of Justice

Corhaven is a 17 acre slice of earth, given to our community to steward well for the purposes of God which includes stewarding well the land itself.  Peter Harris is the founder and international director of A Rocha (their motto “Christians in Conservation”), a well...

How To Sustain a Justice Movement

Thoughts from a break-out session by Paul Metzger on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mother Teresa, and John Perkins Believe in a suffering God Believe in a resurrected God See Jesus in relation to the poor Sense your own poverty in relation to the poor Lay down your life for...

Done Watching : Do It

At a smaller breakfast this morning sponsored by World Relief, Lynne Hybels shared her story of her own transformation.  In her words, if you’d told her ten years ago she’d be deep in the work of working for peace in Israel/Palestine and offering hope to the women of...

Good News About Justice

Coracle · The Blessing of Pursuing Justice Just over one year over a year ago, The Falls Church Anglican did a four-week sermon series on justice.  Kicking it off with the sermon above, I reflected on the Christian’s privilege of being able to work for justice, and...
Blogging Justice…and why

Blogging Justice…and why

Dear friends, I’m going to be quick to the point, and then make a bigger point.   The point:  This Thursday night through Saturday I’m going to be participating in The Justice Conference in Philadelphia with World Relief, to be with a few dear dear friends...

Christ, the load-bearing wall

Soren Johnson is on the board of Coracle, and in this short blog, he truthfully hits on the structure of a family. Soren shares how his ‘house’ is made, and nudges us to be mindful of what matters.  This entry was originally posted here, or you can...

Lent Rocks!

I love Lent…I love Lent.  It’s like a long, hot shower for the soul, spring cleaning for our spirits.  There’s such value in observing the church year, such pastoral help.  Lent helps us come clean through self-examination, confession, repentance, and amendment...

Tara Ministers to More than Coracle

Not only does Tara do hospitality and creation care, but much more!  Tara’s heart is ministry for people on the margins, and this is part of that ministry.  The following is an article was originally posted HERE. ‘Suitcase Clinics’ deliver health...

Lots of Life in Winter

I’m sure you’ve heard anyone who gardens say that January and the arrival of seed catalogs is like a second Christmas.  It’s no different for me as I page through my shiny magazines and get excited thinking and planning for another full year of 4...

Tara’s Kitchen: Butternut Squash & White Bean Stew

Many of you have suggested that I might include recipes from meals you have enjoyed while on retreat here at Corhaven.  I’ve taken this advice to heart and am including a recipe served at our Advent Retreat this past December. Enjoy! __________________ Butternut...