The Joy of the Lord is our Strength.

: If you are happy and you know it clapp your hands.  If you are happy and you know it stomp your feet.  Ok, now that we have our bodies warmed up..I want to introduce you to laughter yoga.  Did anyone know that there is something called Laugher yoga?  Laughter yoga involves teaching certain chants,Continue reading “The Joy of the Lord is our Strength.”

And the Greatest of these is Love

Scripture says that Our bodies are beautifully and wonderfully made. The Human body is composed of tens of trillions of cells and each one of our cells contains our DNA. Our DNA houses more than 3 billion base pairs of encoded information.  If that’s not cool enough, the human brain has 100 billion neurons whichContinue reading “And the Greatest of these is Love”

Life of the Beloved: Where is the Sacred?

We have spent the past 6 weeks exploring themes from Henri Nouwen’s book Life of the Beloved. And now it is time for me to tell you the hard truth. Henri’s book was deemed a failure by Fred and his friends and he wondered if he should even publish the book. But there is aContinue reading “Life of the Beloved: Where is the Sacred?”

Life of the Beloved: Given

This summer I attended a virtual conference called Womanist Dialogue #Say her Name: Preaching and teaching for Freedom hosted by Rev. Dr. Mitzi J Smith. (Rev. Dr. Mitzi Smith is a teacher, preacher, biblical scholar, author and founder/president of living in full empowerment. She is the first African American female to earn the PhD inContinue reading “Life of the Beloved: Given”

Life of the Beloved: Broken

According to HAI Global (www.hai.org/connection-is-essential-to-survival), the more we understand about neurobiology and social psychology the more we understand that humans are wired to connect. The latest neuroscience out of UCLA tells us that the drive for connection is as essential to our wellbeing as our basic needs of food, water and shelter. Back in 2016,Continue reading “Life of the Beloved: Broken”

Life of the Beloved: Taken

Today, we continue on in our teaching series following Henri Nouwen’s Life of the Beloved. In this book, we see a new friendship begin to flourish between a writer named Fred and Henri Nouwen who is a catholic priest, academic, and prominent speaker about the Spiritual Life. As this friendship develops, Fred commissions Henri toContinue reading “Life of the Beloved: Taken”