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Lingering

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 by

One of the scriptures in the Lectionary readings for this coming Easter Sunday is John 20:1-18.  In this passage Mary Magdalene has returned to the tomb of the crucified Jesus and finds the stone that was blocking the entrance rolled away and the tomb is empty, except for the strips of cloth that Jesus’ body […]

A Force of Nature

Posted on Apr 12, 2019 by

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.  I am of the opinion that […]

Changing Scenery

Posted on Mar 28, 2019 by

This week brought a significant change to Pilgrim Center.  After lengthy discussion, the cabins known as Sheboygan and Fond du Lac were removed along with a large tree that stood beside them.  It is important to acknowledge the tremendous number of campers who began their Pilgrim Center experience with a stay in those cabins and […]

Sacred Stories

Posted on Feb 1, 2019 by

On Saturday, Pilgrim Center had the privilege of hosting a Youth Summit on Gun Violence organized by the Wisconsin Council of Churches.  This was a multi-denominational event in which middle school and high school youth were invited to gather together for an exploration of how their voices and perspectives on gun violence could be effectively […]

Awakening

Posted on Dec 20, 2018 by

We have reached the final days of Advent once again and we are less than a week away from Christmas Day.  At the beginning of Advent, I invited folks to ponder and envision what kind of awakening God might be stirring within ourselves as we make preparations for Christmas.  With this in mind, I want […]

Crawdad Fishing

Posted on Dec 15, 2018 by

UCCI held its annual Board of Director’s retreat at Moon Beach last weekend and some of the discussion focused on why we do what we do in our ministry.  As part of that discussion it was noted that as humans we have a fundamental connection to the rest of creation, and our sites give us […]

Lost and Found

Posted on Nov 19, 2018 by

It seems inevitable that a place like Pilgrim Center will end up with a lost and found.  With the number of guests that we have passing through our rooms stuff is bound to be left behind.  We have a drawer full of cell phone chargers and there are a couple of boxes of clothing left […]

Amazing Creation

Posted on Nov 8, 2018 by

This past weekend I was reminded once again what an amazing environment we work in.  We were hosting a quilting retreat and on a number of occasions the quilters and I noted how the view out on to the lake changes on a daily basis and sometimes even by the hour.  Sometimes when you look […]

For All the Saints

Posted on Oct 31, 2018 by

Today is Halloween, a holiday when many people dress up in fun and silly costumes, spending time pretending to be something they are not and having a lot of fun.  That is all well and good, but it has a tendency to forget the origins of the holiday.  The holiday has its origins in the […]

Interruptions

Posted on Oct 6, 2018 by

This week Moon Beach hosted an annual clergy retreat.  In addition to opportunities for rest, rejuvenation and getting caught up with colleagues, the workshop component of the retreat focused on the multiple purposes of our worship.  Questions of why we worship, what we are trying to accomplish in worship, and how the events and ideas […]