Pondering Questions

Don’t treat these questions like “homework” or try to answer every single one; instead, make time to meditate on the list and then pick the one question that speaks to you most. The goal is to figure out which question is “yours.” It may help … read more.

The Cupboard Sheet

In the blog post “How to Feel Better When You Don’t Know What’s Wrong” Winnipeg based writer David cain shared the idea of the cupboard sheet: 

“Inside the door of my breakfast cupboard I taped a list of activities that reliably make me feel better: journaling, … read more.

More Quotes from the Common Bowl

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
~Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman 

Covenantal theology doesn’t just say that we become human through our promising, … read more.

Pondering Questions

Don’t treat these questions on our monthly theme like “homework” or try to answer every single one. Instead, make time to meditate on the list and then pick one question that speaks to you. The goal is to figure out which question is “yours” at … read more.

Always Building and Mending

As we return to the congregational year with our first Sunday of 2020-2021 we are doing so amidst a changed world. 

Mark Nepo writes, “The birds pausing from their tasks became silent teachers, saying without saying that we need to fall in love with the ordinary rhythms … read more.

More Quotes from the Common Bowl

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity. 
~Pema Chödrön

For me, compassion … read more.

Quotes from the Common Bowl

Compassion doesn’t mean feeling sorry for people. It doesn’t mean pity. It means putting yourself in the position of the other, learning about the other, learning what’s motivating the other, learning about their grievances… their pain, their humanity. 
~Karen Armstrong 

The value of compassion cannot be over-emphasized. … read more.

Akiba

“‘When Akiba was on his deathbed, he bemoaned to his rabbi that he felt he was a failure. His rabbi moved closer and asked why, and Akiba confessed that he had not lived a life like Moses. The poor man began to cry, admitting that … read more.

Pondering Questions

Don’t treat these questions like “homework” or try to answer every single one. Instead, make time to meditate on the list and then pick the one question that speaks to you most. Once you’ve figured that out, think about what that question is trying to … read more.