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January 18th, 2019 by Stephen Bauman

Mary Oliver died yesterday. A poet of consummate grace and depth, I returned often to her work as an aid in my own meditation and spiritual devotion. She had a special capacity for interweaving her questing faith with keen observation of the natural world. She spoke simply, but truly, and in this way aroused deep spiritual… Read More

The year for something different…

January 11th, 2019 by Stephen Bauman

Was it birth or death, great sorrow or great joy that filled the hospital room? It was surely at least all of those things. That Robert would soon die was a fact. That his father was recently reborn was another. This pastoral encounter happened early in my ministry. Robert had been diagnosed with AIDS long… Read More

Real love… a parable…

January 4th, 2019 by Stephen Bauman

Several decades ago I was involved in a musical comedy production at my children’s school. I played the male romantic lead, which required me to kiss the ingenue with some passionate intensity. This prompted an interesting conversation with my kids, who were then six and eight years old. More than once they witnessed me practicing… Read More


December 28th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Among the popular New Year’s resolutions that are proffered every January by well-meaning persons are those pertaining to work. These run the gamut from desiring a different job, spending more time at home, or being more competent. Although these intentions most often are rarely implemented, they do point to a very important series of considerations.… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Rev. Dr. Stephen Bauman

December 25th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Psalm 96:11-12 Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them! Then shall all the trees of the forest exult. Joy—unmitigated gift! We can’t conjure it or manufacture it or fake it. When it comes to… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Brian Pinter

December 24th, 2018 by Brian Pinter

Psalm 89:3-4 I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant: Forever will I confirm your posterity and establish your throne for all generations. Today’s psalm invites us to reflect on an Advent theme I rarely ponder– the coming Davidic king-messiah.  For the Israelites, to recall King David… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Rev. Dr. Violet Lee

December 23rd, 2018 by Violet Lee

Psalm 89:16-17 Blessed the people who know the joyful shout; in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk. At your name they rejoice all the day, and through your justice they are exalted. As always, Eugene Peterson’s The Message translation is so lively!  I especially like his language in the fifteenth verse, “passwords… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Mónika Estrada Guzmán

December 22nd, 2018 by Monika Guzman-Estrada

Psalm 80:14,17 Once again, O LORD of hosts, look down from heaven, and see; take care of this vine, and protect what your right hand has planted, the son of man whom you yourself made strong. I will be in California with my mom today. Celebrating the thirty-second anniversary of our pilgrimage to the United… Read More

Finding God

December 21st, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Listening to an NPR podcast about a growing movement for “gift-less Christmas” (releasing the consumerist addiction to focus attention on more humane, compassionate and loving opportunities), one mother reported this: she was consumed with providing for her children “a perfect Christmas.” By that she meant the whole megillah—gifts, decorations, parties, whatnot and hoo-ha. A very… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Chad Gurley

December 21st, 2018 by Chad Gurley

Psalm 33:20-21 Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and our shield, For in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust. I am sure that “waiting” has always been a difficult thing to do; however, today in a world of instantaneous-ness, it can be excruciating. Waiting for the train,… Read More