Meeting at the Threshold

Dear Adventurers- Another weekend passes, with the sun finally showing herself this afternoon.   It was glorious!  And then it was ninety-degrees.   Summer’s coming, and with it new seasons in this unfolding mystery.  I hope you found hours to rest this weekend, to lay down the mantle of things that occupy, challenge, or confound you during…

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The Beauty of Easter

Oh Holy Weekend!  I know this was an Easter many of us will never forget.  The beauty of the Easter Sunday, at least in Central Austin, was so incredible and refreshing after the rain of the past few days.   Here are a few thoughts and ideas for practices to ease you into the new week. …

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COVID19: Called to Serve

As people of faith responding to the COVID crisis, we know we are called to serve our community during this unprecedented time. Social distancing changes many of our traditional ways of engaging in community life, but we are trying to spotlight opportunities to serve, donate, or otherwise get involved as congregations bring them to our…

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Holy Week

Hello friends!  Hopefully the rainy weekend provided space to catch up on life and rest.  Here are a few ideas picked up from people and stories over the past week, some of which I’ve morphed for our context, and want to share.  For Christians, we are entering Holy Week which can me an intense time…

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Easter at Home: Altar

Join in a new take on the altar call. With churches off-limits, consider creating a small piece of church in your own home by creating a small altar. Share a picture and the story behind your altar with our community using the #787homealtar hashtag. Here’s our first taker: “I set up this small altar in…

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Consider

Dear Ones,  Another week draws slowly to a close!  Sometimes it feels like time has taken on another sensibility.  Many moments and days seem interminably slow (will we ever be through this?) and then others seem to pass like a flash in a cycle of news, online meetings, multitasking, figuring out, not figuring out, and…

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Contemplate and Create

Hello friends!  Hope this finds you on the other side of some genuine Sabbath time.  Now that our homes are the site of so much work and external connection, it can feel hard to separate the two.  We’re sharing this brief collection of ideas for contemplative practice and creative engagement in the hopes it might…

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Borderlands Poetry: Dear Brother Douglas

I wrote this poem as a love letter to the U.S. border town of Douglas, AZ in reference to its sister border city Agua Prieta, MX. Douglas and Agua Prieta for the most part act as one single place for me and many people. But, the increase in border militarization and organized crime has allowed…

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Fronteras de Pertenencia: Parte 1

Mi nombre es James Martin y soy el estudiante trabajador en el 787 Colectiva. Estoy en mi primer año de seminario, y antes de venir al seminario, era profesor de ciencias naturales en una secundaria de un pueblo llamado Douglas, AZ, en la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México. Los últimos cinco años viví en…

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Borders of Belonging: Part 1

My name is James Martin, and I am a student worker at the 787 Collective. I am in my first year of seminary, and before coming to seminary I was a middle school science teacher in a small town called Douglas, AZ on the U.S./Mexico border. The past five years I lived in the border…

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