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Posts by Lori Walton (Page 3)

Belonging and Membership

Mary Oliver died today.  She was my favorite poet.  For years, I’ve looked to her for inspiration, for solace, for grounding, for peace.  Her words were simple, yet they communicated a depth of being that few can rarely put to words.  One of my favorite poems, and likely her most famous, is “Wild Geese”.  It…

I Resolve To…

I have never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, mostly because I make them and then I break them.  I’ve never  quite been able to accomplish what, on January 1, seemed like such a great and noble idea.  So at some point, I resolved to not make resolutions.  However, I do believe that the…

Advent Musings

If I had to define a specific moment that I fell in love with The Church, I would have to say it was when I awakened to the seasons of the calendar – of Lent, Easter, Pentecost and so on.  The awareness brought into consciousness the movement from one to the next, the changing light…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Christmas is sacred, second only to Easter on the church calendar year.  The season is filled with beauty and wonder, and while Easter presents itself with great fanfare and triumph, Christmas comes in on softer feet, quiet and subtle, gentle and tender. Our Christmas Celebrations are a time for everyone to celebrate that Christ lives…

The Blessing of Sabbatical

Being able to take time to reflect, pray, travel, and be with my husband was a wonderful blessing.  For the months I was away, I spent a lot of time reading “non-spiritual” books as a way of disconnecting.  I also spent time studying the craft of preaching and contemplating church-related subjects such as evangelism and…

Praying for a Time of Healing

Dear Parishioners of St. James’, We are compelled to reach out because this week has been a harrowing one for many. The public display of one woman’s trauma and one man’s anger tells a broader and deeper story. The fabric of our nation has been shredded, and with it, the carefully crafted scabs over the…

In the Midst of Chaos

As soon as we walked out the door, it was immediately evident that we were in a place quite different from our home.  It was after 3:00 in the morning, and while at that hour, one might expect the quiet solitude of the middle of the night, there was nothing sleepy or quiet about the…