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Falcon Ridge Reflections, Part 1

So, I’m back from the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, with lots of reflections to write about. Some of my reflections may take other forms, and knowing how way leads on to way, I recognize that Part 2 may never get written, but I’ve chosen this title to reflect the incompleteness of the reflections and the expectation that further reflections will come in other forms.

As I prepare to start seminary in the fall, I’m reading various books on the recommended list and the book I am currently reading is Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation by Stephanie Spellers. It is a wonderful book aimed primarily at churches. In my mind, it illustrates how Falcon Ridge is a community that churches should think about.

I must admit, I was a little surprised that this year, as I arrived at Falcon Ridge, I didn’t have numerous people greet me saying, “Welcome Home”. It is a common greeting at Falcon Ridge, because for many of us, Falcon Ridge feels like a larger version of that loving, radically welcoming home we all long for, no matter how loving and wonderful our familial homes are.

Yet that sense of Radical Welcome was there throughout the festival. A great example of this was when Ethan Baird welcomed Abbie Gardner to the Lounge Stage. He spoke about how she welcomed and encouraged him years ago. Abbie extended that welcome to all of us, encouraging us to join the late night song swaps even if we feel like misfits, because we are all misfits. Welcome home.

Back at my familial home after Falcon Ridge, I’m catching up on various bits of news. At the American Psychological Association Convention this weekend, there was a plenary session, >“Loneliness: A Growing Public Health Threat. The theme was echoed in a 2012 New York Times article Friends of a Certain Age which is making the rounds again because, as the editors noted, “we’re running it again because the topic is timeless”.

This sense of loneliness and need for welcome can be especially challenging during times of turmoil, like we are seeing in our nation right now. For me, it is also particularly important as I gather with those who are in mourning.

I started this post on Monday and didn’t get a chance to finish it. I’m wrapping it up, for now on Tuesday morning. There is much more to say, but there are also many more opportunities for blog posts.

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Daily Examen, August 7, 2017

And when they returned from the mountain top
the number of tasks to be completed
had grown
and yet they had been changed
so that even as they viewed the chaos of the day
and mourned those who had died
the peace and joy lingered on.

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Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit. Swiss National Day. The start of a liminal month. This is the month, for me, of preparing to start seminary. It is month of reading, reflection, and some relaxation, all intermingled. Tomorrow, I leave for Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. I will camp on a hill listening to folk music through Sunday.
Later in the month, I will head off to Tennessee to watch the eclipse. During this time, I will be reading books from a suggested reading list from seminary. I will be reflecting on this, perhaps finding time to write.

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Daily Examen, July 28-30, 2017

Daily Examen, Friday, July 28, 2017
The day goes by too quickly
with only brief moments
to savor
a passing cloud
on a warm summer day,
the smile
of a friend facing hard times,
until the news hits hard
in the middle of the afternoon
that a friend
has lost his battle
with cancer.

Daily Examen, Saturday, July 29, 2017

Even early in the morning
facing a long day
there are glimmers
of great beauty
as red clouds in the morning
reflect off of lake
beside a long road.

Daily Examen, Sunday, July 30, 2017

The sunlight pours
through stained glass windows
on summertime guests.
People on difficult journeys
on the hopes of others
also on difficult journeys
and all will be well.

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Daily Examen, July 26-27, 2017

Daily Examen, Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Another escaped day
without enough time
for reflection
and too many tasks
left dangling.
Somewhere in this
is the need
for better self care
and time management.

Daily Examen, Thursday, July 27, 2017
A long, drawn out,
jam packed day
full of work tasks
moments to relax
and theological
and political discussion
and finally deep rest.

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