Base Camp

What Belongs to God?

Isaiah’s vision of a world without violence may be the deepest
song of our hearts to this day. How shall we carry that vision to abundant fruition? How shall we be citizens of both
heaven and earth? What of us belongs to which? It is likely we will answer with differences, because we are different
– by design! There is room for all of us – and need for each of us – in the world and in the Base Camp of our church
community, where we regularly gather to rest and reflect, refuel, and refresh our sense of reverence.

Time for New Glasses?

One of the most challenging decisions any of us ever makes
is whether to try harder or to let go, to scrutinize or to step back. In the geography of society and of isolation, we
choose which perspectives to foster, which ideas to nurture; which input we most cherish. We are in charge of our
own priorities, one by one and collectively. There is room for all of us – and need for each of us – in the the Body of
God and in the Base Camp of our church community, where we regularly gather to rest and reflect, refuel, and refresh
our sense of reverence.

A Both/And Church

… Rev. Bill Eaves, gave a powerful sermon Wednesday, June 19, [2019] in which he talked about how we’re called to be a ‘both/and church.’ We can listen deeply to our scriptures and study them with best tools available to us, and we can also work for the liberation of our LGBTQ neighbors. We can put our full trust in Jesus and follow His word, and at the same time stand up against injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.

Open Mouth, Insert Heart

This Sunday as we return to the Base Camp of our church community to rest and reflect, refuel, and refresh our sense of reverence –we will talk together about talking. The rhythm of our lives has been grandly interrupted by changes, intrusions; separations. We are weary of communicating through screens of various sizes. And at the same time, we are yet growing and responding; collecting thoughts – finding meaning – becoming something new! What shall we make of the story of this time? What is it making of us?

Balaam’s Ass Tells the Truth

This Sunday as we return to the Base Camp of our church community to rest and reflect, refuel, and refresh our sense of reverence –we celebrate the animal companions that join us! Week after week, Sunday by Sunday, our congregation is rich with four leggeds, winged wonders and who knows who else! We are all learning and worshiping together! This Sunday we will consider a wild little story from one of our oldest collections. It’s about a seer and an ass. (Spoiler alert: one of them is a donkey.)

Who’s Counting?

This Sunday we again return to the Base Camp of our church community to rest and reflect, refuel, and refresh our sense of reverence. We remind each other of the visions that send us outward – and of the Center that shapes and guides us. Last week we heard Jesus’ lesson in conflict management, which has led us directly to this week’s question: So…what about forgiveness? How is that supposed to work, and do we really have to?!? Well, nobody HAS to do anything, but yeah, to be free, we kind of do. We’ll consider all of this from a garden perspective, where we weed and prune and plant – and then feast!

Right Relationship

September begins a new season of Base Camp in our church community. We gather to reflect and to rest, refuel, and restore a sense of reverence – and wherever we are gathered in Jesus’ name, Spirit attends. This week Jesus continues his nomadic course in Justice with a lesson on conflict management. One on one, or as groups – congregations, communities, culture – how do we live out diversity and navigate our deep differences? Let’s talk.