Come to the Water

Text: John 4:3-30, The Samaritan Woman at the Well   O Let all who thirst, Let them come, let them come to the water. God invites us to come to the water. And Lord, we are thirsty. The Samaritan woman is thirsty too. She lives in the shadow of Mt. Gerizim, the traditional place of [...]

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Formations #5: The Giving and Receiving of Hospitality

(This is a part of a blog series for my Formation of Christian Traditions class) Take a moment and think: what does hospitality mean to you? What do you picture when you think of this word? I think of visiting my grandmother in central Illinois. She would always make my favorite food and sit in [...]

Formations #4: Humble Feet

(This is part of a blog series for my Formation of Christian Traditions class) One of my very favorite stories from the Desert Fathers is from Abba John the Persian. “It was said of Abba John the Persian that when some evildoers came to harm him, he took a basin and wanted to wash their [...]

Formations #3: Shhhhhhhhh! It’s Quiet Hours! Contemplative Silence in Monasticism

  (This is part of a blog series for my Formation of Christian Traditions class) When I was a guest of the Taize community in southeastern France during my first year of college, my companions and I were invited to take on a week of silence. Yes, a WEEK of SILENCE. No talking, no communication [...]

Formations #2: Roommates, Monks and Community: Oh My!

(This post is part of series for my Formations of Christian Traditions class) Do you have a roommate? How is it going? Have you found out each other’s worst habits and Netflix passwords yet? I was blessed when I lived in community after college to have four amazing housemates who were kind and funny and [...]

What Do Monks Have To Do With It? (Formations Blog #1)

(This post is part of a series of blog posts I am writing for my Formations of Christian Traditions class. They are aimed towards progressive Christian college students!) The January dawn was dark and chilly. I slept in my wool socks and a sweater inside my sleeping bag. My college friends and I roused ourselves [...]