Beginning on February 17, as I did for Advent, 2020, I will offer periodic podcast and blog postings related to the darkness of Lent and the anticipation of our greatest hopes and dreams--will they yet come true? Congregations may wish to make these available to members as a way of engaging them in this sacred season when it is so easy for all of us to lose track of sacred time--there is so much profane or everyday around us that the quiet voice of the Spirit gets so little airtime in our souls. These episodes will be posted within the larger podcast of "A Church Dismantled--A Kingdom Restored" and you may subscribe by clicking on the podcast cover.
On Valentine's Day, 2017, a specialist at Penn Medicine confirmed that my tremors were Parkinson's Disease. While rage and tears made up much of that first year, I also quickly turned my attention to the question of how might I help myself and others like me by raising awareness and addressing the realities of chronic disease and aging. Along with a colleague in the Occupational Therapy Department at Elizabethtown College and with the help of a Mellon grants, we developed a course entitled "Aging, Regeneration, and Spirituality that we offered for the first time one year ago. This podcast is extension of my desire to steward well this unexpected season of my life, where while my horizon is now more clear, I remain "clear enough" yet to share what I and others like me happen to see ahead of us. And perhaps by doing so, we can participate in the promise of God to redeem all things. This new podcast will be completely separate from the larger "A Church Dismantled" series and will have its own website, Facebook page, and email. It will be geared toward a broader interfaith and "no faith" audience.