Pastor’s Sabbatical Reflections

There and Back Again:  A Pastor’s Reformation Sabbatical Adventure

There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #7

The Coventry Cross of Nails Community Twice so far on this journey I have stumbled across the Cross of Nails Community. First in the Kreuzkirche (Cross Church) in Dresden, and then as part of the Kirchentag worship at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin. Here is the story of the Coventry Cross of Nails …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #6

“Du siehst mich.” You  see me – that was the theme of Kirchentag (literally Churches Day) 2017. The theme comes from Hagar’s name for God in Genesis 16:13 (or 1 Moses as the German bible calls the first book of the bible). It’s the first time God is named in the First (Old) Testament. It’s …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #5

#5 “Listen,” says the Spirit, “for you, for you, for you it was done.”   Yesterday I visited, “Raum der Stille” – Room of Silence – in the Brandenburg Gate. Raum der Stille is exactly what it sounds like it would be. It’s a place of stillness. It was modeled on a similar room that …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #4

#4 “I am like a lonely bird on a housetop” Psalm 103:7 (from Bread for the Day, May 17)   “Ich bin ein Berliner!” John  F. Kennedy famously said once from in front of the Berlin Wall. It actually means something more like, “I am a donut!” – he should have left the “ein” off, …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Reformation Adventure #3

#3 “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1 (from Bread for the Day devotional book reading for May 11 given to rostered leaders in the synod by Bishop Gohl)   Today marks the first day of the rest of my sabbatical …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Reformation Adventure #2

Today we visited Dresden – not so much a Luther site but a place of significant historical significance for Lutherans in Germany and also related to World War II, the Holocaust and what has happened since and I discovered today what is happening now. The first time I visited Dresden in 2003 or so our …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Reformation Sabbatical Adventure – #1

I’ve always thought that I would enjoy “blogging” or something like it because I like writing and reflecting on life and on my life, but I’ve never quite been able to figure it out or find my “voice.” I think I get caught trying to figure out what is between a personal journal (which I …

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