Universal Needs In Time of COVID-19 : Connection

Sopphey Vance is an MDiv student at Austin Seminary. Throughout this year he will be writing some of his reflections about universal human needs. Preface In the narration of the creation story in chapter two of Genesis, the Lord God says that “it is not good that the man should be alone;”. [1] While, the…

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A Scattering Journey

Hello fellow travelers! What a journey we are on.  It’s almost Friday, and the night sky is clear and beautiful in Austin.  It’s hard to believe that the same natural world renders things like hurricanes, or a deadly virus, into being. As the fall approaches, I feel and observe the accumulated fatigue in my own…

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We’re baaaaaaaaaack!

Dear 787 Friends, On this last day of July, I’m happy to say we’re slowly getting back in the groove of our newsletter as we all make the turn toward August and whatever the fall holds.  To this end, it would mean a lot to us if you would take a hot minute or two…

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Considering our Brokenness

Hello fellow travelers- What a time to be together, traveling forward towards what we hope will be a changed and more just world.  So much is afoot it’s hard to keep up, and know what to share, as the rate of change is rapid and our place on the curve always moving.  As the world…

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The Healing after a Riot

A short biblical reflection on Matthew 21: 12-17  During these times of injustice and unrest, I have found the cleansing of the temple as a rich story with a lot of imagery for our chaotic times. It begins with nothing short of what you could call Jesus causing a riot against people who performed a…

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A Full Life in the Emptiest of Places

Dear friends- The original material I had planned for this week’s blog just doesn’t seem to fit anymore.  So much has changed since last week.  So much is afoot and, literally, ablaze in our world.  So I’ll leave those ideas for another week.  Here are some thoughts: Contemplation in and for SolidarityWe’ve discussed Lectio Divina in these…

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From Around the Web

Dear Ones, Even as we hit a giant marker nationally in the number of known COVID-related deaths, our local officials in Austin, where COVID has disproportionately impacted the Latino community, warn that for many of us the virus seems “not yet real.”  It’s hard to wrap my head around both realities, though in the world of this…

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The Challenge of Grieving

Hello travelers! I hope this weekend was extended for many of you and an opportunity to rest your bodies and minds after an intense spring.  To mark the Memorial weekend, I’m structuring this email a bit differently.  Instead of including a contemplative practice and a creative idea, I’m including two articles I read over the…

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Spiritual Solidarity

Greetings! As we’ve slid past the mid-point of May, it’s hard to believe that in a few weeks we’ll be close to three months on this journey.  Lots of feelings over here about that, and I would venture to guess that I’m not alone.  All the more reason to dig into another contemplative practice this…

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Casting a Vision: Hopes and Dreams

Dear friends- Another week is drawing to a close and it’s hard to tell what/if/how we know more.   Things are shifting it seems, but some days it feels hard to imagine just where and when this ship is going to land.  We shared around this topic on our Tuesday call, trying to engage in some…

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