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Advent: Look Busy? Be Faithful! Prepare By Care

Traditional advent candles shed light on this season of reflection and anticipation.
Traditional advent candles shed light on this season of reflection and anticipation.

As Advent invites us to prepare for the arrival of Christ, it challenges us to care for creation and protect the climate.  In this article, first published in December’s Climate Caretaker’s Newsletter, I explore this challenge and suggest some responses.

The church secretary rushed into the pastor’s office and said, “This is incredible, Jesus is riding into the parking lot on a donkey. What should we do?” The pastor turned back to his keyboard, resumed typing and said, “Don’t just stand there, look busy.”

This joke comes to mind as I consider the work of Climate Caretakers and the opportunity of Advent. We have just begun these days of Advent on the journey to Christmas. It is a time, a season, for reflection and spiritual preparation. A time when, to one extent or another, churches invite their members to exercise their empathy and imagination. Advent opens up time and Continue reading

Vacation As Usual?

Chichen Itza, Mexico
The Spanish Club visiting Chichen Itza in Mexico. We sure are small next to that pyramid.

My clock reads 2:55 am.  I can’t sleep, I’m too anxious for tomorrow to arrive.  The packing is done, my gigantic suitcase is patiently waiting by the door.  Who wouldn’t jump at a chance to explore the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, and Teotihuacan, both UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mexico?    Continue reading