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MCCDC: The Gift of Keeping Watch

“We are alive in God’s wildness. This Divine wildness is beautiful, strange, and not at all controlled by us. There are places in the Divine plan that we do not know…The activity in these spaces brings life and death, spiritual warfare, and new creation. Occasionally, we feel the movements, we glimpse the shapes, we perceive…

MCCDC: A Journey for Long-Haulers

Guest Reflection “Stay Woke” is a reminder of the necessity to remain vigilant regarding the activities and events going on around us during times of conflict and strife. This phrase is typically used to speak to those times when the media tends to filter what is real, what is not real and what has been…

MCCDC: The Growing Edge of Risk Taking

“The greatest risk of all, it turns out, is not to risk anything, not to care deeply and profoundly enough about anything to invest deeply, to give your heart away and in the process to risk everything. The greatest risk of all, it turns out, is to play it safe, to live cautiously and prudently.”…

MCCDC: A Prayer for Uncertain Times

Holy Creator, we face uncertain times. How long, O God, until we are free of pandemics that continue to rage? How long, O God, until walls of division crumble and neighbors meet in open places? How long, O God, until election angst calms into just, bipartisan cause? In this time of uncertainty help us to…

MCCDC: From New Normal to True Normal

“We are all of equal worth, born equal in dignity and born free, and for this reason deserving of respect whatever our external circumstances. We are created freely for freedom. . .We belong in a world whose very structure, whose essence, is diversity, almost bewildering in extent.” ~Desmond Tutu A friend from another city recently…

MCCDC: The Body in Waiting

In human relationships, waiting can signal many different things. It can be a way to show respect and support for an elder. It can invite engagement in prayer and contemplation. It can communicate perseverance through 15 minutes cuing to buy groceries while social distancing, or for 4 hours to exercise the right to vote. Waiting…

MCCDC: Habits of Peace

“The peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe.” ~Philippians 4:7 Have your habits changed during the pandemic? Some report an increase in binge watching, junk food snacking, and disrupted sleep patterns. Sometimes unhealthy habits have a way of sneaking in, no effort required. However, it takes effort to…

MCCDC: MOVING IN PLACE

“God is here. In the midst of life, breaking through the commonplace, glorifying the ordinary, the Great, High God is near. One should tread the earth with a deeply lying awe and reverence—God is in this place.” ~Howard Thurman, “Barren or Fruitful?” (1932), as recorded in his book A Strange Freedom. How does one move…