There and Back Again


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

There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Reformation Sabbatical Adventure #12

Iona: Part 2 Ora et Labora – Pray and Work – is a basic part of the practice of Benedictine spirituality that was practiced in the second incarnation of the Iona Abbey religious community from 1200 to the mid-1500’s. It was also key to the efforts of George MacLeod to build community between the rich …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #11

Iona Pilgrimage – Part 1 Iona is a small island at the south end of the island of Mull – amongst the Inner Hebrides islands off the coast of Scotland. Based on archaeological evidence it’s thought to have been occupied since the late Bronze Age (@1000 BC). While the population peeked around at around 500 …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #10

Wittenberg Part 2 I have visited Wittenberg 4 times (I believe) before the week there with our Youth Group and Friends, but it was very meaningful to not just visit for a day or an overnight but to actually live there for a week…so that the Castle Church (where Luther nailed (or at least posted …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #9

Lutherstadt Wittenberg and the ELCA Luther500 Youth Event! Part 1   Since you will no doubt be hearing directly from our youth participants about what we did day by day at the Luther500 Youth Festival, and since only they can tell you what it meant to them I won’t repeat or try to do that. …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #8

There and Back Again – A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #8 With a week of travel to meet our Luther 500 Youth and Friends and then a week with our Luther 500 Youth and Friends I’m afraid I’ve fallen behind a bit with my posts and am hoping to make it up with a couple of …

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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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