Monthly Archives: February 2008

What do we pray for when we pray for peace?

This week I’ve handled every book in my office at least twice, and as I have waded through them I have noticed how many books there are about praying for peace. I’ve thought for a long time that as global communication has improved – and grown more visual – my faith tradition’s way of creating prayers for peace, for God to act, has undergone transformational change. Now I realize I can track and describe that change right here in my office. I have set aside those books as they have gone by and I’m thinking about a new workshop, titled as this post is titled. There are other resources in here as well, like Willard Swartley’s magnificent Slavery, Sabbath, War and Women on using the Bible in rhetoric. A tiny pocket Book of Common Prayer once owned by a soldier in the Second World War. Continue reading

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Summoning Chaos

img_1784.jpgIt’s Thursday evening and since Monday I have been working along on reorganizing my office. Monday or forever – I forget which. I was space-deprived for quite a number of years and having a room of my own is a puzzling new reality. I don’t even know what to call it…’office’ sounds so…productive. Not reflective enough.

Here’s Lyla, hiding out under my prayer desk.

I was promising myself the diversion of writing along on my blog as I worked along on organizing, but something I did early in the process took me off line. Also, I had planned to take evocative pictures of the chaos to share with my readers (both of you) but the ambient chaos includes the camera upload USB thingie. Continue reading

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A Chair Wrapped in Stories

February seemed like a good month to try (again) to organize my office, so I have been working away on the job. I’ll get it right someday. I have one of the chairs that sat on the sunporch of my parents’ last home – not the chair my father liked to sit in, but the chair to sit in if you wanted to talk to him. It’s an aluminum lawn chair, pawky-looking the way old aluminum gets, and I want it for a guest chair in my office. Also, I suppose, for a place to sit if I want to talk to my father. Continue reading

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The January mailing has gone out…

 …so now I just wait for your phone calls and emails!

Publicizing this enterprise is always such a shot in the dark. People  don’t quite know what to think of the biblical storytelling idea – an unsettling combination of two already slightly peculiar flavors, like the blue-cheese stuffed olives in the deli at Bloomingfoods.

Well, we’ll see what happens. In the meantime, I’m telling at the Bloomington Storyteller’s Guild WINTERTELLING on February 8 at the Monroe County Library.  And I’m working again on reorganizing my office, which is where this blog started last year. I’ll get it right sooner or later.

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