John Bates, bard of Manitowish Waters, led our GreenHouse students on a snow-shoe exploration of Raven Trail’s winter stories. After teaching them to speak chickadese (at least the language’s greeting), he guided them into their own wild hearts as the…
March 3, 2021


If you have gone to most any news or newspaper website in the last few months, then you know that you have not needed to look for long before you read something about vaccines.  Most days you don’t even need…
March 2, 2021

It’s Always Been About Love

When you’re young, it’s easy to confuse strength with dominance; when you’re older, you realize the feat of character it takes to be meek. I used to imagine my calling was to defend the Truth. Now I’m just trying to…
March 1, 2021

A Reflection on the Lections for Lent II

Genesis 17:1-16; Mark 8:31-38; Romans 4:13-25 “Prelude to Labor” Pregnant on tomorrow’s side of middle agebones already bending toward sweet earthand autumn’s leaves released in silent sigh to deathyou awaken half-born son of a mad Godwho makes old men ascend…
February 28, 2021


"What places do I really have to see when I'm here?" I asked the woman behind the desk at the Osage visitor's center. “You must see our church,” she said, smiling. Clearly, she was at least part Osage. I liked the…
February 26, 2021

The Public Reading of Scripture

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear. The Revelation 1:3 Children make excellent lectors. My forty years of parish ministry has shown me that they are often better than…
February 25, 2021

The Color of Stitching

Imagine that the entire city of Miami just disappeared. The whole population: gone.  Or maybe you can imagine Omaha or Raleigh better.  The official population of each of these cities is actually fewer than the 500,000 Americans dead over the…
February 24, 2021