Journal

Series: Corhaven

The Spiritual Dimension of Creation Care

The Spiritual Dimension of Creation Care

“No matter how urban our life, our bodies live by farming; we come from the earth and return to it, and so we live in agriculture as we live in flesh.” – Wendell Berry (The Art of the Commonplace) One of the most important questions a professor asked me in...
“Holy Week from Corhaven Graveyard”

“Holy Week from Corhaven Graveyard”

In this “Space for God” devotional, Sarah Kohrs (Director of Corhaven Graveyard) guides us through an immersive virtual tour of the Graveyard, a historic burial ground for two dozen formerly enslaved persons. She uses scripture, nature, and silence to help...
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...
Lamenting Racial Injustice

Lamenting Racial Injustice

I’m writing to invite you to a virtually-offered “Lament for Racial Injustice” from the Corhaven Graveyard on Juneteenth (June 19), considered the Independence Day for African Americans since 1865.  We will have brief reflections on the current state of race...
Creation Care at Corhaven Graveyard

Creation Care at Corhaven Graveyard

Graveyard. When you hear that word, what comes to mind? Perhaps neatly mown grass—short blades interrupted by granite headstones carved with names and scrollwork. Perhaps vases of flowers, trinkets, or similar tributes to the dead settled near the stones? Perhaps...
SOUNDINGS – Corhaven, Space and Place, and Your Stuff

SOUNDINGS – Corhaven, Space and Place, and Your Stuff

It was surely a surprise 10 years ago when God invited us to move from the inner-city of DC to rural Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley.  It was unexpected, and unexpectedly good, a grace.  It was as if the Lord was saying to us, “Thank you for your heart and service...
A Day to Celebrate Juneteenth

A Day to Celebrate Juneteenth

An immense thank you to the twelve adults and nine children who gathered at Corhaven Graveyard— where two-dozen African Americans, enslaved in life / freed in death, are buried— to tangibly celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday. These community members listened to a...
A Decade of Corhaven!

A Decade of Corhaven!

On August 15, 2009, in response to that gentle and clear invitation from God, Tara and I moved from the inner-city of DC to what would come be called Corhaven, meaning ‘rest for the heart’ and ‘a safe place for the soul’.  Almost 10 years later, it’s been that thin...
Recent Reports on Retreats at Corhaven

Recent Reports on Retreats at Corhaven

Some wonderful women who’ve recently come to Corhaven for retreats have blogged about what they experienced. Read reflections from Lori Smith and Sarah Klotz. We continue to be amazed and grateful for how God meets people here. It’s not what we...
“Field to Fork” – A Great Day!

“Field to Fork” – A Great Day!

Once again, the recent spring Field to Fork meal was remarkable, a feast for all the senses. Every time people come to Corhaven for an event, I feel a sense of relief.  Finally I can meet the people I have been contacting for some time, and everyone has such an easy...

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...

A Report on a Retreat

So what goes on at a retreat at Corhaven? Christine Lee Buchholz tells us in a great article for The Washington Institute. Better than that though, she invites us to experience the richness of silence, which is not the absence of noise, but rather space for God.  You...

“The Field to Fork was Awesome!”

The Field to Fork Fundraiser Dinner at Corhaven was a success!  Everybody enjoyed themselves, and it could not have happened without Tara Haley, whom organized the evening, and many volunteers who helped make it possible.  We spent time in fellowship with each other,...

Braving the Formidable Quiet

Right at the end of last year, the New York Times published an opinion article entitled “The Joy of Quiet”, by the well-known author Pico Iyer.  He reflected on one of the deep ironies of our 3G, wi-fi, smart-phone, text-messaging, uber-connected age.   The irony is...