From Hospitality

Hospitality is a spiritual practice involving receptivity, reverence, and generosity. It can change our lives and our communities.

Spiritual Practice @Home: The Welcoming Prayer

Daniel D'Auria

The Welcoming Prayer Welcome, welcome, welcome. I welcome everything that comes to me today because I know it’s for my healing. I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons, situations, and conditions. I let go of my desire for power and control. I let go of my desire for affection, esteem, approval and pleasure. I let …

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My Testimony for Marriage Equality in my church

Stained Glass

I’m happy to report that the vote in my Presbytery, (Chicago), to expand the definition of marriage in the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), was 179 yes, 60 no, with 8 abstentions. If this change is adopted, the PC(USA) constitution would not limit marriage to being between a man and a woman, and would say …

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Divergent Thinking

divergent & convergent thinking

A mentor of mine once told me that part of my job is to leave the office sometimes and go to the movies, or go for a walk, or go to the lake so that I can get distance from what I am trying to do. It’s like leaving the main floor at a show …

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Sacrifice and Substitution?

love book-cropped

I received two notes last week on the day I posted about “Restoration not Retribution.” The first one was from a man who beautifully and articulately described his Christian faith in God and Jesus, along with the Christian practice of communion and its meaning in his own life. He just couldn’t believe that Jesus died …

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