Holy Reverie Blog

The Immigrant Kaleidoscope

I'm like most, if not all humans: I am often more comfortable relating to people who are like me vs. different from me. But although I enjoy people who happen to come from different backgrounds, I understand that most of us are biased in favor of those who are the same: same race or same socio‐economic grouping, or same educational background, or same religion, or other similarities.  No better example of this than some Episcopal parishes during their coffee hour after services. In one... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | 0 comments
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People need Jesus

A recent General Social Survey* found that the number of people in America who self-identify as “nonreligious” has jumped from 8% in 1990 to 20% in 2014. This continued disaffiliation with religion is not a phenomenon that we can ignore. It is not something that young people do before they come back to the church. We are in the middle of a shift that will wildly change the religious landscape if the meaning behind the shift is not quickly identified. This leads to the question that is... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | 2 comments
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“Does God Have Memory Problems, Too?"

The Old Testament reading for the First Sunday in Lent describes Noah’s return to dry land after the Flood. Looking at the devastation before him, Noah must have felt shaken to his core. He is thankful to have his family in tact, along with the animals, but how is he to go on after this unparalleled disaster? What kind of world does he return to, and more importantly, what kind of God does he worship?    And Noah does continue to worship God; he immediately builds an altar and offers... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 0 comments
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Let it go

If, after an event at Calvary, you inadvertently leave anything behind, there is a good chance it will show up on Fred's desk* by the back door. The other day, when I stopped by to chat with Fred, as I always do on my way in to my office, I had to laugh at the array of items on display, available to be retrieved by their owners. A pair of gloves, a single glove, a pen with a hotel logo on it, two pairs of eyeglasses--one with a missing lens--an earring, and an umbrella. Other items, mostly what... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | 0 comments
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