“To be one with love is an awesome calling and those who long for it should spare no effort.” Hadewijch, 13th century, p198, Medieval Women Writers
I’m so excited about a “new” workshop I’m leading!
Okay. It isn’t new at all – I’ve been doing this in one way or another for about 20 years! But it is newly refurbished for 21st century online training. And that’s the awesome part!
You see, when I went into the course to edit some of the materials, I realized how much was missing from it! There’s so much more we could see, hear – almost taste and smell – than I had previously included.
You may have seen a blurb about it in my last newsletter but my excitement is kicked up a notch now so I have to invite you again! Women Mystics in the Christian Tradition runs from May 20th to 24th on BeADisciple.com. It costs $50 and offers .5 ceus.
I hope this all sounds awesome to you, too!
Someone at church last week pointed out that it was Random Acts of Kindness Day and shared some of the ways she had been doing those random acts here in New York City. So I thought of that when someone in one of my online courses, did an act of kindness for me the other day.
He told me the name of a bush that had been in my grandmother’s yard when I was a child. She just called it “the shrub,” and when it was blooming, she would let me take a single blossom, crush it in my fist, and then breathe in the most intoxicating smell! I can remember the bush like it was yesterday but never had a name for it nor could I ever find the search phrase that brought up a picture of it.
But as soon as I described it, I got a response: “Was it a Carolina Spice?” And after a quick Google search, there were dozens of pictures of one of my childhood traditions!
I hope there are some random acts of kindness waiting for you these days – and maybe some from you to others!
Well, a new year means some changes to the website – hopefully a little easier to see what you need to see! Let me know if anything is missing…
And as I’m here for a few minutes, let me add a hope for your new year: That it might be blessed, healthy, productive, and restful! They are what I long for so I imagine that you might, too. And if I, or my courses and trainings, can help you to be more of that, let me know!
I looked at the dating on my winter newsletter and this is the 21st edition I’ve sent! At 4 a year, one each season, that’s more than five years! And I have enjoyed writing every one of them – I hope you have enjoyed reading them!
You’ll most likely receive your copy tomorrow morning but if you are anxious to see what I’m Enjoying this winter, here’s the link.
And if you aren’t already on my mailing list, here’s where you can sign up!
Meanwhile, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hello, everyone! Fall is finally here and my fall newsletter just went out. There’s a lot going on this fall, including two new courses on a new campus for a new college!
I’m teaching two religion courses in the fall semester at The College of New Rochelle. It’s a traditional college with an interesting history and a great community of faculty, staff, and students.
Coming right after being recognized as the Distinguished Faculty of the Year for UOPX’s Jersey City Campus, its a humbling experience to learn a whole new system and process – to say nothing of 45 student names and the countless faculty and administration that I’ve met!
But like most of our humbling experiences, it is a great space for growth and learning – I hope your fall is starting off just as well as mine!
How’d it get to be Labor Day weekend already?!?!?!?! Sigh…
Well, at least I have updated my schedule page so you have the latest links to online courses and my last preaching date for the summer!
See you in the fall!
On August 6th, I’ll be interviewed on Bruce Hurwitz Presents about Technology and Training for Non-Profits. We’ll be talking about the free or almost-free ways religious groups or non-profits can use technology to help train their volunteers!
The interview happens at 5pm and will be recorded for those who want to listen later!
If you have more interest in how to use technology in your congregation, you might also want to check out my BeADisciple course on Creating a Digital Ministry, particularly the one that is running in October in conjunction with The Study: Spiritual Action in Daily Life.
Hoping to see you at either or both of these opportunities!