Holy Reverie Blog

The Journey

Note: As a pastor it is my privilege to journey with people who find themselves in crisis. A death, an illness, a breakup, a child on the rails, a depression--we are all subject to painful experiences, and we all need help getting through them. In 2010, explorefaith.org published a series of brief meditations on grief, one of life's most ordinary and yet most misunderstood occurrences. For today's Holy Reverie, I offer the first of those meditations. Others may be found here. Each meditation... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 0 comments
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Faith and Belief

Two weeks ago, over 50 adults gathered in the Great Hall to begin our new Discovery Class . This class will lead to confirmation for most of these adults, but it’s much more than that. The Discovery Class is about creating connections in this church family that will inspire us today and sustain us in the future. This is how we do church. The history of the Christian church has centered on belief — who has the right or wrong belief. Those decisions led to creeds and doctrines and... Read More
at Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 0 comments
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Why I love the Episcopal Church

How I miss worshipping at my parish church! I miss the liturgy, the rich, familiar hymns, and the people, my friends, fellow worshippers. The Church, after all, is the people, and so I suppose it is the people who are the most important, even crucial part of the Church.  More than fifty years ago, in my mid-twenties, I started my life partnership with the Episcopal Church. Just like with a lifetime love affair, it is impossible to satisfactorily put into words all the reasons, layers, and... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 1 comments
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What spring does

I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains, bluebells,  dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses. I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees. ~Pablo Neruda      Almost everyone around Calvary knows Mitzi Minor. She's a New Testament scholar and a professor at Memphis Theological Seminary. She is also a great friend to Calvary and a frequent guest speaker for our adult formation classes. We invite her to come as often as she's willing and... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 0 comments
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I-Thou

For me, the concept of the “I –Thou” relationship, put forth in Martin Buber’s book of that title, is one of the most important theological concepts ever articulated. Basically, the “I – Thou” relationship is an “I – You” relationship, versus an “I – It” relationship. An “I –It” relationship is what comes naturally to most of us. In other words, when I have an experience of you, or of anything, I form an impression of you or of a particular set of events based on my personal experience. The next... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 0 comments
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