In a world of specialties and advanced degrees,
it’s easy to defer to the “experts” on all manner of topics –
from medicine to child rearing, to public safety and technology.
Why, just this past week,
I heard a story on NPR about the two people
killed by grizzly bears last year at Yellowstone National Park.
After 25 years incident free,
it seems people have become complacent about the bears.
According to the report,
“Park officials say visitors sometimes take safety for granted,
in part because they’re used to visiting zoos and amusement parks,
where nature is much, much more controlled.
So Yellowstone is trying to get the word out about bear safety.”
Yellowstone spokesperson, Al Nash warns,
“I fear that some visitors believe that if things were dangerous,
we, the National Park Service, would somehow control it.
That’s not the case.” Read more
WEEKLY WORD FOR JUNE 25, 2012 –What LOVING am I made for?, a guest reflection by Diana Bender -Summer Weekly Word Schedule -Summer Sunday School: Abundant Garden Life Project Update -Epiphany’s Summer Friday Nights in July Concert Series -Comments by The Rev Peter Snow … Read more
Let me reread for you the text I want to consider this morning. It comes from Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Corinthians; the second part of verse 11 in chapter 5, it reads: “we ourselves are well known by God, and I hope that we are also well acquainted with our own conscience.”
Thomas Merton writes,
“You cannot tell me who I am and I cannot tell you who you are. But if you do not know your own identity you probably don’t have one.” (para: p> xii No Man Is An Island) I would further add: if there is no one to hear the rumination of our conscience, are we even conscious at all?
Desmond Tutu says it like this: “A person is not a person without other people.” Read more
WEEKLY WORD FOR JUNE 18, 2012 – Then Stop Doing That, a reflection by the Rev Doyt Conn – Summer Weekly Word Schedule – Epiphany Choir Corner: Craige Blackmore – Upcoming Evening Prayer Services on June 25 and June 29 – … Read more
WEEKLY WORD FOR JUNE 11, 2012 –Shootings in Seattle, a reflection by the Rev Doyt Conn -Annual Calendar Meeting -Meditation Corner by Pieter Drummond -Epiphany Choir Corner: Pam Harman -Parish Prayer List
In the movie The Color Purple Shug and her friend Celie are walking through a field of purple cosmos. Shug is saying, “But more than anything God loves admiration.” Celie responds, “so, you’re saying God is vain?” “No, no, not vain,” Shug laughs,“just wanting to share a good thing.” She continues, “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice it.” Celie responds, “So you’re just saying God wants to be loved like it says in the bible. “Yah, silly,” Shug replies, “everyone wants to be loved.” Read more
At my house, we’ve been reading a lot of Curious George books lately. You know, the children’s series about George the monkey and his friend, the man with the yellow hat. My one and a half year old daughter loves them. Her current favorite is entitled, “Happy Easter, Curious George.” Read more
Brownbox Theatre in association with Liberation United Church of Christ is proud to announce its participation in Project1VOICE – www.project1voice.org, joining 25 theatre companies across the country in nationally staged readings of The Amen Corner by James Baldwin. Read more
WEEKLY WORD FOR JUNE 4, 2012 –The Grace of Remembering Christ’s Mercy Upon Us, a reflection by the Rev Doyt Conn -Evening Prayer celebrating the Feast Day of St Barnabas -There’s an App for That! -Pride Parade 2012 Episcopal Presence … Read more