My Elf on the Shelf

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- I have a confession to make: I find The Little Drummer Boy to be one of the most touching Christmas songs ever! I don’t know how this happened, but a few years ago all the sudden this song reduced me to tears, and it still... Continue Reading →

Go and sit in the sun!

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- One of the many benefits of a mid-week meditation is that we know the weather forecast for the rest of the week. And the good news is: it will be sunny!!! For all of us who are familiar with the rigors of the German winter,... Continue Reading →

Now is the day of salvation

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- As we are getting closer to yet another lockdown, with viral infections peaking at rates not seen before, and with yet another morphed variant of the SARS-Cov-2 family starting to spread, there is a lot of sadness and disappointment, and also bickering and backbiting. So... Continue Reading →

In times like these…

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- We just entered Advent, Vinod and his family arrived in Freiburg ready to enter a new chapter in their and our lives, Germany’s government is in transition, and SARS CoV2 is still around and with the new variant we are eagerly awaiting the next decisions... Continue Reading →

In the beginning is the Word

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- In my teaching and research, a certain issue about knowledge comes up frequently. ‘Perspectivity’ pervades the study of literature, history, philosophy, and even law. Concern for the ‘the dangers of a single story’, history being ‘written by the winners’, ‘epistemic privilege’, and ‘the length of... Continue Reading →

Reaching out – even now!

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- On Sunday our reading in Hebrews ended with this verse: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.Hebrews 10:24-25 Intimes like these... Continue Reading →

The Story of the wafer

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- --- An adventure told by two voices --- ...by wafer I don’t mean Raffaelo or stracciatella, though zuppa inglese would meet the case well, as I did get a bit in the soup, as we used to say in my English childhood 86 years’ ago.... Continue Reading →

Entering God’s presence

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- I travel a lot – both for work and for pleasure. When travelling, I often stay with friends or colleagues. Depending on the situation, I feel more or less at home. Maybe you can relate. You arrive in the flat and are at first a... Continue Reading →

Taste and see that the Lord is gracious

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Last Sunday Tini spoke to us about Bartimaeus, a blind man who, unable to work for a living, was forced to beg on the outskirts of the town of Jericho. Being afflicted by such an illness or disability was viewed at that time as a... Continue Reading →

Meditation on John Muir

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- What a lovely surprise, opening the daily Richard Rohr (Oct. 10, 2021) meditations and finding Praise the Lord from the earth,Sea monsters and all deeps;Fire and hail, snow and clouds;Stormy wind, fulfilling God’s word;Mountains and all hills;Fruit trees and all cedars;Beasts and all cattle;Creeping things... Continue Reading →

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