Getting Unstuck

Over the last year, I have learned that three practices help me to get unstuck: opening my mind and heart to God, being of service to others, and becoming more self-aware of the thoughts, emotions, and stories that drive me. Lately, I have been pondering about the third practice. In…

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My Purpose in Life

By: Doug Bell When I was a father of three young girls, they would ask me, “Daddy what is the purpose of life?” Why are we here on earth?  I always said “we are here to love others and be loved.  They accepted that, but I realized they wanted something…

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Last August

By Lize Burr             Last August, I wanted to go to Ireland. I wanted to forget the way Austin feels in the summer. I imagined spending a week in a cool, green place, far from the cloudless Texas sky. I also wanted to go to Ireland because I’ve experienced a…

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Showing Up and Sitting Down

Dr. Amy Moenke By Amy Moehnke On the afternoon of June 7, I found myself sitting on the ground.  I was at Huston- Tillotson University among a sea of mask-covered faces listening to the lineup of speakers at that day’s Black Austin Rally and March for Black Lives.   I had…

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Finding Wholeness in the Sabbath

By Joyce Palevitz I have been thinking a lot recently about what it means to observe the Sabbath. I’ve returned to some books that have guided me along the way in the past 10 years or so: Abraham Joshua Heschel’s “The Sabbath” provides grounding in Sabbath-keeping from a Jewish perspective.…

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Of Rocks, the Bible, and Other Sacred Things

By Ellen Jockusch The highlight of my summer, from when I was age 9 to 17, was spending a week at Camp Capers, the camp of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas.  It’s hard to overstate how excited I was as it got closer to the date my parents would…

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Wise Action Springs from Prayer

These are days of collective outrage and mourning. Deathly injustices and waves of protests across the country have jolted us. We grieve with those who grieve the killing of George Floyd. We say the names of those who have died as a result of systematic racism and police brutality. We…

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Grounded in Compline

By Jordan Perras The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen. I’ve done pretty much every personality test under the sun and they all say the same thing: you are someone who likes routine and feeling in control… though of course, I don’t really need…

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Rivers in the Desert

By Rebecca Hall Thus says the Lord,    who makes a way in the sea,    a path in the mighty waters,who brings out chariot and horse,    army and warrior;they lie down, they cannot rise,    they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:Do not remember the former things,    or consider the things of old.I am about to do a…

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Pandemic Practices

By Janet Davis Janet is a local Austin spiritual director Count losses and blessings As I sat down to record a few thoughts from this oddly shaped season of pandemic, a voice within began to discount my story: “You haven’t been a big loser here. You are healthy. You can…

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