Return to Healing Arts – Part One

Now that the Owatonna Hospital is allowing visitors again after the pandemic, I had a chance to see the current exhibit in their Healing Arts program. The exhibit features two artists, Linda Day and John C. Niemi. In this post we take a look at Niemi’s landscapes and butterflies. Niemi’s love of color is evident…

Living the Baptismal Life

In my faith tradition early January is when we talk about Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist in the Jordan River (See Matthew 3:13-17) and our own baptisms. In Romans chapter six Paul writes: “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…

The Fusion of Energy and Homelessness

Another day, another fascinating pair of headlines. First, I saw a headline reporting that Karen Bass’ first move as the new mayor of Los Angeles was to declare a homelessness state of emergency. According to the accompanying article Mayor Bass promised to, “break new ground to maximize our ability to urgently move people inside and…

Born to Redeem

“And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2:21) Jsus’ circumcision was probably the most important thing that Jesus did under the Old Testament Jewish ceremonial law. Many of his fellow Jews rejected him…

Beautiful Feet

The Old Testament reading for Christmas Day includes the following verse from Isaiah: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’” (Isaiah 52:7) When it comes to things of beauty in God’s…

Holiday Hymn Sing

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel,” (Isaiah 7:14) One thing our church likes to do this time of year is to have an Advent and Christmas hymn sing. In place of our opening hymn we sing a…

Art of South America – The Thoma Collection

One of the largest and longest-lasting European empires, the Spanish realms spanned from South Asia to South America and lasted nearly 500 years. The Carl and Marilynn Thoma Foundation is committed to promoting the art of the Spanish Americas and includes works from present-day Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. This Virgin and Child is attributed…

Bursting with Joy

The third Sunday in Advent focuses on joy in an otherwise subdued and penitential season. Isaiah 35:1–2 describes a joy that bursts forth dramatically: “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; [2] it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory…