Opening

Mark 10:32-34, 46-52 Opening Richard Jeffries A butterfly comes and stays on a leaf- a leaf much warmed by the sun- and shuts his wings. In a minute he opens them, shuts them again, Half wheels round, and by and by- just when he chooses and not before-floats away. The flowers open, and remain open…

The Slow, Wise Work of Nature

Philippians 2:12-18 The Slow, Wise Work of Nature Phyllis Krull How wise is God in all the works of creation. God’s work is revealed in all of nature. Slow? I’d say it was perfect! For example: The eggs of a potato bug hatch in 7 days. The eggs of a canary hatch in 14 days….

The Movement of Slow

Philippians 2:1-11 The Movement of Slow Carol Michalicek She was caught in a whirl of cooking … to get something on the table on a Sunday evening, this day of rest. While really wanting to be listening to those podcasts set aside during the week, she thought it time to bring these ingredients together. So…

Praying to You, O God

John 12:34-50 Praying to You, O God David Smith It does seem like God works too slowly. Especially when I ask God to ease problems of war, hunger, racial tensions, etc., and there’s little improvement. BUT, then I read Jack Reimer’s words: We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end war; for we…

The Present Moment

Acts 2:14-24 The Present Moment Henry David Thoreau There were times when I could not afford to sacrifice the bloom of the present moment to any work, whether of head or hands. Sometimes, in a summer morning, Having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in a…

Parking Lot Shepherds

Parking Shepherds Needed for Easter Sunday, April 5 Can you help with a 45-60 minute shift on Easter morning as a parking lot shepherd? We need people to help traffic flow in the parking lot, as well as directing people to and around the auxiliary spaces at the Walker Art Center Parking Ramp and Architectural Alliance….

Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships

All parents want to have good relationships with their kids. New national research on parents with kids ages 3 to 13 unpacks what happens in parent-child relationships that make a difference in kids’ learning, growth, and development. Reflect on your own relationships with your kids, and identify ways your relationship is growing and changing as…

Paying Attention

2 Corinthians 3:4-11 Paying Attention Marcia Brinkley A few years ago, my book group read a book about the Slow Movement: In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed, by Carl Honore. We can all relate to times when we think life is speeding out of control, and this…