Category: Thematic Thoughts

Awareness of the Cosmic Dance by Joyce Rupp

“When I take a deep breath and pull in the reins of my “hurry” I begin to find the numinous everywhere. I notice the soft breeze and how it caresses, soothes, and quiets me. I look out the window beyond my desk and I see … read more.

Quotes from the Common Bowl

Word Roots:

The Greek word for the beautiful is kalon, “which is related to the word kalein, which includes the notion of ‘call.’ Suggesting that there is something about beauty, wherever we find it, that tugs at us, pulls at us, drawing us into” the … read more.

Quotes from the Common Bowl

Word Roots:

Curiosity stems from the Latin curiosus: careful, diligent, or inquisitive. This is the same root for care and careful which implies an intention in curiosity, a sense of purpose about it. As the word moved into old French and middle English it took … read more.

Pondering Questions

As always, don’t treat these questions like “homework” or try to answer every single one! Instead, make time to reflect on the list and then pick one question that speaks to you. The goal is to figure out which question is “yours” in this moment, … read more.

Musical Notes

The idea of wholeness comes up in music through how it can make us feel, the memories some music can bring up for us, and through the inspiration of the words being sung. One example, of many, is #1053 in our Teal songbook-‘How Could Anyone.’ … read more.

Pondering Questions

                  As always, don’t treat these questions like “homework” or try to answer every single one. Instead, make time to meditate and reflect on the list and pick a single question that speaks to you. Which … read more.

Poem: Our Movable Mecca

Poet Danez Smith unpacks this terrain in the presence of racism, oppression, and cultural erasure through their poem “Our Movable Mecca.” A few excerpts are:    “we who were born into conundrum…  who asked for water & were … read more.

Pondering Questions

As always, don’t treat these questions like “homework” and don’t try to answer every one. Instead, make time to meditate and reflect on them and pick one question that speaks to you. Which question is “yours” today?

– How would you describe the current leg of … read more.