Quiet Park dedication...this Saturday!

Quiet Park dedication…this Saturday!

One of the core ideas shaping the work of the Huss Project is that we all need a balance in our lives between stillness and activity. People describe this balance in various ways: contemplation and action, inner work and outer life, and so on. At the Huss Project, we love to play, make music, grow…

Thomas Merton

The road ahead of us

Here in Three Rivers, we have a tradition of reading a poem or a blessing before our shared meals, and so we keep around a variety of collections of short meditations.  One that I’ve appreciated has been Dialogues with Silence, which combines prayers and drawings from Thomas Merton.  The collection opens with this one, which…

A dollar and a dream

The other day, I heard a radio ad promoting the local Powerball lottery. “All you need is a dollar and a dream!” Especially in the context of the hard work we’ve been doing lately to raise funds for Huss School, I was struck by the linking of a dollar and a dream. I mean, we…

God provided the water

Saturday morning was gray and misty, but warm as we gathered to speak words of blessing and break ground for Triple Ripple Community Gardens at the Huss School property. Many denominations, ages, colors, neighborhoods and vocations were represented around our circle and each minister brought a distinctive angle to the task at hand, calling God’s…

Working in expectation on Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday began as most of my Saturdays have begun since January: waking up early and driving into the country out west of town to help care for Moon, a blind horse owned by my new friend Carol. This work is part of a three-way barter, in which I obtained an icon of Christ Teacher…

Imagining Space for Culture Making

If you haven’t read the book Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch yet, we highly recommend it. Through stories, biblical exegesis, examples and cultural analysis, Crouch explores how the only way to change culture is to make more of it. Christians have become experts at certain “postures” or strategies toward culture–condemning, critiquing,…

Failure and dreaming big: Words we needed to hear

Only one week to go to our May 27 deadline for raising $20,000. It’s way more money than we’ve ever raised before as an organization for a huge building that will take years and millions of dollars to renovate. We’ve already acknowledged that we’re crazy (but hopefully in a good, faithful crazy kind of way)….

Just peacemaking

I just finished re-reading Duane Friesen and Glen Stassen’s “Just peacemaking” essay in Transforming Violence and several passages seemed remarkably relevant to the Imagining Space project. They identify three theological convictions that undergird practices of just peacemaking: Biblical discipleship is grounded in the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The church is the…