Echoing Wisdom’s Cheer

Theresa F. Latini Warm summer evenings have arrived here in Minneapolis, and I’ve been enjoying outdoor meals on my deck. One recent evening an array of birds serenaded my daughter, niece, and me as we enjoyed our food. The caw of crows, tweets of cardinals, trill of red winged blackbirds, and the pattering of woodpeckersContinue reading “Echoing Wisdom’s Cheer”

Desiring and Learning Wisdom

Theresa F. Latini The school-year has ended in Minneapolis, and I’ve been reflecting on some of the highs and lows of journeying with my daughter through online first-grade. Thankfully, there’s been an overall trajectory of learning and growth, many moments of joy, and impressively creative projects about “giant pandas” and “how the stars and sunContinue reading “Desiring and Learning Wisdom”

Poems and Prayers of the Bible

Theresa F. Latini This summer our blog focuses on “Poems and Prayers of the Bible:” inspiring insights, honest struggles, soaring praise, and earthy wisdom of some of the most beautiful and masterful pieces of ancient literature. These passages help us to retreat where we are, that is, to rest, to listen to God, others, andContinue reading “Poems and Prayers of the Bible”

Lifelines for Healing Collective Trauma

Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger Last week’s post focused on an understanding of two types of trauma: personal trauma and secondary trauma.  Given our experience over the past fourteen months—and much longer—we turn our attention today to healing from intergenerational trauma and collective trauma. Intergenerational trauma occurs when your parents or grandparents (or even your moreContinue reading “Lifelines for Healing Collective Trauma”

Lifelines for Healing Personal Trauma

Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger Many of us all over the world are coping with traumatic stress at this point in our collective life history—either through recent overwhelming losses, or through past trauma that threatens to be reactivated, through vicarious trauma as we witness the suffering of others, or perhaps through the sheer magnitude of theContinue reading “Lifelines for Healing Personal Trauma”

An Extra (Ordinary) Love: Reflections for Mother’s Day

Theresa F. Latini One of my seminary professors frequently asked this question: “What is a lifetime and why do I live it?” The Presbyterian church where I most recently served on staff reframed his question this way: “Who is God and what is God up to? What is a good life and how do weContinue reading “An Extra (Ordinary) Love: Reflections for Mother’s Day”

Coming Home: An Invitation from the Pandemic

Kara K. Root and Lisa Larges Thirteen months ago our non-stop world came to a screeching halt.  Instead of hurrying about our normal lives we were suddenly hunting for toilet paper and hand sanitizer and stockpiling dried beans.  The goals, activities and realities of life were just…canceled.  Time changed. The kids didn’t need to be upContinue reading “Coming Home: An Invitation from the Pandemic”

Pursuing Justice: Togetherness, Solidarity, and Vicarious Action

Chris Dorsey Retreat Centers contribute to the work of peace, justice, and healing in the world in a variety of ways. Throughout its history, Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center has sought to offer rest and renewal for persons and groups actively engaged in this work. Central to our mission, as an affiliate organization ofContinue reading “Pursuing Justice: Togetherness, Solidarity, and Vicarious Action”

Pursuing Justice: Christian Community and the Dignity of the Oppressed

Chris Dorsey Retreat Centers contribute to the work of peace, justice, and healing in the world in a variety of ways. Throughout its history, Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center has sought to offer rest and renewal for persons and groups actively engaged in this work. Central to our mission, as an affiliate organization, ofContinue reading “Pursuing Justice: Christian Community and the Dignity of the Oppressed”

The Gifts of Ashes and Dust, and a Life Well-Lived

Theresa F. Latini This past Tuesday at Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center we embarked on our annual Day Lenten Journey—a mini-retreat launching us into a season of reflection, humility, and generosity. It was a gorgeous and grievous day. I greeted participants gathered on Zoom from the front of our chapel with expansive views ofContinue reading “The Gifts of Ashes and Dust, and a Life Well-Lived”

Tell it Slant: The Good Republican/Democrat

Carol M. Bechtel Jesus is described as the “wisdom of God” in 1 Corinthians 1:24. What most people don’t realize, however, is that Jesus’ teaching had strong links with the Old Testament’s wisdom tradition. This post highlights his use of the parable—in this instance, the Parable of the Good Samaritan—as a teaching tool. It’s a methodContinue reading “Tell it Slant: The Good Republican/Democrat”

Remembering as Resistance and Restoration: In Honor of Dr. King

Theresa F. Latini Today is MLK Day, a national holiday set aside for collectively remembering, honoring, and recommitting ourselves to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. This year I’ve been reflecting on the fullness and gravitas of remembering as an act of resistance and restoration. Remembering is at the heart of divine life. GodContinue reading “Remembering as Resistance and Restoration: In Honor of Dr. King”

A Christmas Poem and a Prayer for All

Merry Christmas from Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center! We wish you days filled with unexpected glimpses of hope, peace, joy, and love. We wish the same for those who have celebrated Hanukkah and those for whom Kwanzaa is starting. We all belong to God and therefore to each other. We share with you todayContinue reading “A Christmas Poem and a Prayer for All”

Preparing our Hearts and Homes

Theresa F. Latini In recent posts, we’ve been reflecting on the qualities or dispositions of Advent living, wondering what it means to “anticipate the good” and “wait in the midst of fear.” This season invites us to slow down, to practice stillness (even if only in snippets each day), to listen to our personal andContinue reading “Preparing our Hearts and Homes”

Waiting Even When We are Afraid

Theresa F. Latini No small amount of life is waiting. We wait in lines—longer than usual when spaced six feet apart. We wait to hear diagnoses, both good and bad, from doctors. We keep vigil at birth and death—waiting for one beloved life to arrive and another to depart. We wait to receive final grades,Continue reading “Waiting Even When We are Afraid”

Anticipating Light when All Seems Dark

Theresa F. Latini For those of us who follow the church calendar, we have entered the season of Advent, four weeks of preparing our hearts and homes to welcome God anew in our midst. Anticipating, waiting, preparing, and wondering: these are the marks of Advent living and the dispositions that Advent rituals (candles, wreaths, calendars,Continue reading “Anticipating Light when All Seems Dark”

Mindful Eating for the Holidays

Theresa F. Latini When I was a teenager, my family frequently celebrated Thanksgiving at my aunt and uncle’s house. Dick and Fran served a five-course, Italian style, unforgettable meal. Nearly thirty of us feasted slowly, over the course of an entire day, on antipasto, fish, homemade ravioli, a traditional turkey meal, and too many piesContinue reading “Mindful Eating for the Holidays”