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"Breath Prayers" with John Kiemele

Click on the image below to watch the video   During this time of social distancing, Rolling Ridge is launching a new series on spiritual connecting in "Take Your Time ...



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Heart, Soul, and Mind

He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.” –...


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Creating a Culture of Renewal

"Creating a Culture of Renewal is one of the best leadership experiences of my ministry – everyone can benefit from greater self-awareness and accountability!" – Steve ...



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God in Yoga

What is “God in Yoga”? Practicing a gentle yoga flow, while focusing on poses and scripture. I developed this over 10 years ago when I was asked to teach yoga during a ...


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The History of Easter Eggs

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of "Easter Eggs" comes from?   The art of making decorated eggs comes from Ukraine and the tradition of “pysanky.” Pysanky, ...




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A Taste of Compassion

  The “Golden Rule” is found in just about all faith traditions and in our secular ethics as well. It might be stated in a bunch of different ways, but it all gets down ...


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Understand People!

Seriously! Many of us don’t understand why someone does what they do. What’s their motivation? How can someone be so different than me? How can I understand, let alone ...


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Is There No Balm in Gilead?

"Terror let loose!" thunders the text of the prophet Jeremiah (650 - c. 570 BC), quoting Psalm 31.   Rereading this amazing Old Testament book from the sixth century BCE ...




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Kneeling at the Manger

A few years ago I attended an Advent Quiet Day retreat, taking time for reflection and preparing. During the opening we were asked what Advent practices had been ...


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Abwoon d'bwashmaya

What a difference a translation makes: A close translation of the Lord’s Prayer from Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke, yields astonishingly fresh insights about the...


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Grief

When someone we love dies, we may feel as if we are suddenly in a starkly new territory, a place of deep sorrow, regret and longing.  We may wonder how we can go on ...




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Money and Mission

Sometimes I hear leaders talk about having enough resources for their mission projects or church ministry.  More often, leaders and parishioners worry about money and ...



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Just Be

Our minds are full, busy all the time thinking, thinking, thinking!  We are all thinking, doing, eating, shopping, rushing around like chickens with our heads cut off. ...





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Eco Adventure Comes to a close

The first Eco-Adventure at Rolling Ridge has come and gone, and was a tremendous success!  This three-day program invited children to connect with the Earth and to see ...



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Revive and Thrive

We have known for a very long time that lifestyle, such as diet, exercise, music and art, and spiritual practices, affect our health and well-being. But, did you know ...


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Pitch-Perfect!

Oh, those glorious days of perfect, balanced energy! You know them – they’re the days when it seems like you hit all the lights green as you drive along, the groceries ...


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You're in God's Wallet

I do a lot of driving and one day, passing a familiar church, I saw a great sign.  It said, “If God had a wallet, your picture would be in it.”  It gave me a good chuckle...