Category Archives: Sanctuary

Sanctuary: Off the Chain

What holds us down?  What is it in our lives that seems to limit us?  In the last few days a video and a journal article have come together for me that raise these questions. We could point to many things: a … Continue reading

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Belief–Sanctuary or Prison?

We recently attended the Broadway show Book of Mormon while visiting New York City. Without giving a review of the musical, suffice it to say that the show takes the audience into a comedic, irreverent and bold exploration of the world of religious belief … Continue reading

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Sanctuary: Loss and Life

In a recent conversation, we recalled that over 32 years of life together, we have moved house 6 times.  Moving house means moving a lot of “stuff,” and by itself that is just exhaustingly difficult.  But it’s more than that. … Continue reading

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Sanctuary: Natural Care

A few years ago, I was cleaning out some gardening tools and implements in our garage.  I found a planter still filled with root balls from plants that we had been growing in a previous home.  I had no idea … Continue reading

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Sanctuary: Light

Across religious traditions, with their differences and distinctions, one can enter the sanctuaries of these movements, great and small, and find the burning flame. Each religion will have its own understanding of why it lights candles ranging from a practical … Continue reading

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Sanctuary: Guest House

One of my favorite poems by the Persian mystic poet, Jelaluddin Rumi, describes our own bodies, our own lives, our own selves as a guest house.  At the door of who we are, we greet a host of visitors every day. … Continue reading

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Sanctuary: Practicing Love

Love is a tricky word. In fact, it is so tricky that I went through a period of several years when I refused to use it. (Yes, spent lots of time working this out with my beloved and our children). … Continue reading

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Sanctuary: Building Holy Space

The world that we currently live in is filled with opportunities to build holy space. Recently, a handshake took place between a Palestinian and an Israeli leader.  Those kinds of handshakes are impossible to come by, we are told, in … Continue reading

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Sanctuary: Separating the Separate

“Separation” comes from a Latin word that means “a severing.”  For millenia, human beings have recognized sacred spaces as places for the most persecuted among them to find refuge.  These places were almost always considered sacred to some deity. They … Continue reading

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Memorial Day – Sanctuary: Some Gave All

In the sanctuary of my heart this Memorial Day morning, I hold the many thousands of soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in service to this nation. Whether or not you support the military, or our government’s intervention in (or, … Continue reading

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