Category: Community

Religious Practice and Improved Health

May, A.D. 2012 Dear friends in Christ, Of late, I’ve read about several studies attempting to correlate religious practice (i.e., church attendance) and improved health. While researchers hold differing views about whether or not church attendance correlates positively with physical health (by measuring blood pressure, heart rate, brain activity, etc), many more researchers agree that… Read more »

January Crossings 2015

Dear People of Holy Cross, One of the little-recognized blessings of our faith community is the strength of relationship within our homes and families. How many churches have family members within one church (brothers and sisters, parents and children) who go back not just 10 or 20 but 60-80 years? Furthermore, if the married couples… Read more »

Easter 2016

Dear People of God, When in your life have you felt loved unconditionally? My hunch is that each of us has glimpsed moments of beautiful, radiant unconditional love between others. If we’re blessed, we have experienced it for ourselves: in the forgiveness of one from whom we expected punishment, but received instead, mercy; in finding… Read more »

On Death and Life In a Community of Faith

  It’s not about the _____________: on death and life in a community of faith One Sunday in August, Holy Cross’ St. Francis-in-residence (or should I say St. Frances), Robyn, asked for prayers for a good friend who was dying. A friend named Chuck. That same morning she and Tim found that their Madagascar cockroach… Read more »

A Reflection on Community

In our day, when we go to the theater we say “I’m going to see a play.” But in Shakespeare’s day, theatergoers said “I’m going to hear a play.” It makes sense. Today’s theatrical emphasis is on the visual (staging, costumes, lighting) whereas in the late 16th century, ears were tuned to hear iambic pentameter,… Read more »