opening ourselves with the hinging daylight hours

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Second Sunday after the Epiphany
January 15, 2017

Isaiah 49:1-7
49:1 Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother's womb he named me.

49:2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away.

49:3 And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified."

49:4 But I said, "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the LORD, and my reward with my God."

49:5 And now the LORD says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and my God has become my strength-

49:6 he says, "It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."

49:7 Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers, "Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."

Psalm 40:1-11
40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

40:2 He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.

40:3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.

40:4 Happy are those who make the LORD their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods.

40:5 You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.

40:6 Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.

40:7 Then I said, "Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.

40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart."

40:9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.

40:10 I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.

40:11 Do not, O LORD, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.

1 Corinthians 1:1-9
1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

1:2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1:4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus,

1:5 for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind

1:6 just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you

1:7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1:8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1:9 God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 1:29-42
1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, "Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

1:30 This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'

1:31 I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel."

1:32 And John testified, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.

1:33 I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'

1:34 And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God."

1:35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples,

1:36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, "Look, here is the Lamb of God!"

1:37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.

1:38 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you staying?"

1:39 He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon.

1:40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.

1:41 He first found his brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated Anointed).

1:42 He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas" (which is translated Peter).

On this great day when our water has broke, we break this ground.  Let the waters from the sky fall and soften this hard  and dry land.


Let the scrap metal of our waterfront become the inspiration of beauty  in sculpture yet to come. Let the king fisher, egrit, shad, heron, mussels call this place home., and to the red-tail  hawk hovering above us, thank you.


“Let justice roll down like a river, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Wild, cleansing, deep, or calm

 Let people fall in love on this place here with the water, the flowers, birds, and each other



L-rd our G-d,

this night your people keep prayerful vigil.

Be with us as we recall the wonder of our creation

and the greater wonder of our redemption.

Bless this water:it makes the seed to grow,

it refreshes us and makes us clean.

You have made of it a servant of your loving kindness:

Through water you set your people free,

and quenched their thirst in the desert.

With water, made holy by Christ in the Jordan,

you made sinful nature new in the bath that gives rebirth.

Let this water remind us of our baptism;

Love and gratitude.




the first moments of the world's creation
 hovered you

by the outpouring your flooding 
foreshadowed regeneration, 

the chosen people,
 set free from slavery passing through you


running on the water, / coming through the fog, / your sons and daughters. / Let the river run, / let all the dreamers / wake the nation. / Come, the New Jerusalem   


the other world is here, and now


Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street in the city by the urban farm, on either side of the river, was there the tree of life [see Rev 2:7 ], which bare twelve [ 12 ] manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  

Rev 22:3  And there shall be no more curse:


“Breathing in, I see myself as still water. Breathing out, I reflect things as they are.”


This is the place where the boats will launch, for near and far destinations, kites will fly,  lovers will fall in love , and time  will stand stands still each evening during the golden hour, the setting of the sun. Let us touch this water and be healed. Let our faith in this new city bring us to this place where we learn to walk on the water.


Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle."



Let the fiery sun-set each day bless this place at Phoenix Park,

"Bursts of gold on lavender melting into saffron. firebird, warming our hearts and imaginations, new beginnings, and as


The Dalai Lama said “It is vital that when educating our children’s brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts.” May this park be a classroom for our  hearts moved by beauty and caring for that which we know.



Today at Sacred Heart we celebrated the first miracle of Christ at the wedding fest. He turned the water into wine.

When the water had been turned to wine, Jesus' servants took the water to the head chef for him to taste it.

"Many weddings put the good wine out first, but you, you have saved the best wine for last."

Jesus transformed 25gallons x 6 jars = 150 gallons of wine , and the miracles flowed.

Here's to you and your wedding feasts!!! The Epiphany


At Sacred Heart in Camden, NJ you will find that the liturgy leads to justice. It always does and it always will. Within this liturgy of justice circling deeper with each turn, we know that Art will save us. Art then and the creative process intersect with social justice teaching within various schools of theological movements. Some of my favorites include process theology and liberation theology.

It is a great liberation to be so embraced by the church as artists, to value more of the traditional aspects of process and the interconnectivity of life forces inherent in indigenous life and the marginalized from dominant decision making .

The image of the divine that i was created in is a fierce left-handed farmer, the creative process drawing me close to co-creation within the canvases of land and life. The first time i can remember the integration of myself as artist and follower of Jesus occurred at the Radnor Quaker Meeting. Out of the greatest silence I found myself within the negative space of prayer, like the untouched lines of the water-color on my wall, the negative space brought a third dimension, a certain capability to reflect light. With this newfound value on the words left unsaid, the lines left unpainted, the slack in my rope, the world exploded BOOOOOM into miracles and mountain-moving. ... within...each...breath...

At Sacred Heart yesterday on the 5th Sunday of Epiphany we had an art unveiling, a certain divine revelation resonating justice.

The Christmas tree remains lit behind Father Michael until Candlemass.

Othmar Carli with Father Michael. Othmar is a world renowned restoration artist who travels to Sacred Heart from his home in York. He has been working on projects at Sacred Heart for 15 years.

The artists and their familes brought up-front during the blessing of the installation to be revealed.

Linda Delangowski is a sage of beauty and life. SHe is a phenomenal painter and floral designer. She waits to unveil the new shrine alter installation yesterday.

Lydia Grace Heatwole can hardly wate to see the new installation!! what a wonderful work of creation she is....

Father Michael telling us the funny story about how Othmar met his wife, when she put her elbow down on his table to catch his attention...

We're a little speechless after church..

It looks AMAZING.

Othmar and his wife the Opera singer
and Father Michael. Othmar is a world renowned restoration artist who travels to Sacred Heart from his home in York. He has been working on projects at Sacred Heart for 15 years.

The artists and their familes brought up-front during the blessing of the installation to be revealed.

Linda Delangowski is a sage of beauty and life. SHe is a phenomenal painter and floral designer. She waits to unveil the new shrine alter installation yesterday.

Lydia Grace Heatwole can hardly wate to see the new installation!! what a wonderful work of creation she is....

Father Michael telling us the funny story about how Othmar met his wife, when she put her elbow down on his table to catch his attention...

We're a little speechless after church..

It looks AMAZING.

I helped to paint this dome now set as the heavens at Sacred Heart. Othmar was the dark blue, i was the lighter blue hovering over the chaos of the moment of creation with Ruah (the divine breath of God).

Othmar tells really funny and amazing stories....

January 2010 Blessing of Water

THis is the blessing of the holy water to be taken to all ends of the earth, to bless all water with goodness and rebirth, as blessed by the sacred:

Blessing Holy Water at Sacred Heart
Holy Spirit, sharer of life, who hovered over the waters of Creation, you have established us in a circle of communion
with the entire Cosmos. Hear us as we ask your blessing.
With this water we bless the rivers and streams. We bless the Ocean and its depths and all the seven Seas, washing
the shores of all the lands. Grant us, O God, a restored consciousness of the holy depths within us. We ask for that holiness which is wholeness, through the transforming power of Your Spirit. Amen

Isaiah 49:1-7Psalm 40:1-111 Corinthians 1:1-9John 1:29-42

Monday, April 6, 2015

Bird Quiz

I have been auditing an ornithology course this semester because I love birds, and to get back in mental shape to ... go to Grad School! I have been admitted into the Ecosystem Science and Management Department at Penn State focusing on Forest Management and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment through Watershed Management. I will be studying the intersection of sustainable forestry regeneration for habitat management and economic development.

More about that soon. Here's the link to the Bird Order and Family flashcards I made. Study hard , migration is just getting goin-

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Ecofeminist Literature Review

After taking a one year hiatus, I will begin posting again to this blog. There have been some elemental shifts in my experiences living in and around the forests and the mountain farms. I have been writing agroforestry and community-based propagation handbooks for restoration. My organization Penns Valley Conservation Association has planted over 12,000 trees in the last two years toward ecological mamagement and water quality. I will be integrating research in food-system forestry, as well as local and regional potential for value-added products and the service economy.  The garden has extended, into the forest.   Bringing together theories of ecosystem management into an integration with socio-economic sustainability. What are the best management practices toward community-based forest farming?  Plant trees to meet our needs in urban and rural places. Trees keep our water clean and give us fruit, nuts, oils, greens, shade, structure to the land the banks , and timber. Forests are regenerative in nature, and although it does take time for the tree to grow , it will make a difference if we do it the most regenerative and native way.

A friend of mine Lydia Wylie-Kellermann piece of walking the stations in Detroit-

Suggested Eco-feminist Reading from a  publicly sourced list:

Ivone Gebara, Longing for running water
Rosemary Radford Reuther, Integrating Ecofeminism, Globalization, and World Religions

Octavia Butler's parable series (eco-feminist sci fi);
Ursula LeGuin's Always Coming Home; not necessarily feminist but great ecofiction,
The Earth Abides by George R. Stewart;
The MaddAddam Triology by Margaret Atwood

Rosemary Radford Ruether Gaia & God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing.
Sallie McFague "Body of God",
Wangari Maathai "Unbowed."
The textbook "Ecofeminism" by Vandana Shiva

Rosemary Radford Reuther

What is Ecofeminism? Ecofeminism represents the union of the radical
ecology movement, or what has been called 'deep ecology', and (*womanism- added insert by Andrea Ferich) feminism.
The word 'ecology' emerges from the biological science of natural
environmental systems. It examines how these natural communities function
to sustain a healthy web of life and how they become disrupted, causing
death to the plant and animal life. Human intervention is obviously one of
the main causes of such disruption. Thus ecology emerged as a combined
socio-econo mic and biological study in the late sixties to examine how
human use of nature is causing pollution of soil, air and water, and
destruction of the natural systems of plants and animals, threatening the
base of life on which the human community itself dep ends.1 Deep ecology
takes this study of social ecology another step. It examines the symbolic,
psychological and ethical patterns of destructive relations of humans with
nature and how to replace this with a life-affirming culture.2 Feminism (*insert Womanism  Andrea Ferich) 
also is a complex movement with many layers.  


Toward an Ecofeminist Ethic and Culture

There are many elements that need to go into an eco-feminist ethic and
culture for a just and sustainable planet. One element is to reshape our
dualistic concept of reality as split between soulless matter and
transcendent male consciousness. We need to d iscover our actual reality
as latecomers to the planet. The world of nature, plants and animals
existed billions of years before we came on the scene. Nature does not
need us to rule over it, but runs itself very well and better without

Instead of modeling God after alienated male consciousness, outside of and ruling over nature, God in ecofeminist spirituality is the immanent source of life that sust ains the whole planetary community. God is neither male nor anthropomorphic. God is the font, from which the variety of plants and animals well up in each new generation, the matrix that sustains their life-giving interdependency with each other.29 In ecofeminist culture and ethic mutual inter-dependency replaces the hierarchies of domination as the model of relationship between men and women, between human groups and between humans and other beings. All racist, sexist, classist and anthropocentric assumptions of the superiority of whites over blacks, males over females, managers over workers, humans over animals and plants must be culturally discarded. In a real sense the so-called superior pole in each relation is actually the more dependent side of the relationship. But it is not enough simply to humbly acknowledge dependency. The pattern of male-female, racial and class inter-dependency itself has to be reconstructed socially, creating more equitable sharing in the work and the fruits of work, rather than making one side of the relation the subjugated and impoverished base for the power and wealth of the other.
Finally ecofeminist culture must reshape our basic sense of self in relation to the life cycle. The sustaining of an organic community of plant and animal life is a continual cycle of growth and disintegration. The western flight from mortality is a fligh t from the disintegration side of the life cycle, from accepting ourselves as part of that process. By pretending that we can immortalize ourselves, souls and bodies, we are immortalizing our garbage and polluting the earth. In order to learn to recycle o ur garbage as fertilizer for new life, as matter for new artifacts, we need to accept our selfhood as participating in the same process. Humans also are finite organisms, centers of experience in a life cycle that must disintegrate back into the nexus of life and arise again in new forms. These conversions from alienated, hierarchical dualism to life-sustaining mutuality will radically change the patterns of patriarchal culture. Basic concepts, such as God, soul/body and salvation, will be reconceived in ways that may bring us much closer to the ethical values of love, justice and care for the earth. These values have been proclaimed by patriarchal religion, yet contradicted by patriarchal symbolic and social patterns of relationship.

 But these tentative explorations of symbolic changes must be matched by a new social practice which can incarnate these conversions in new social and technological ways of organizing human life in relation to one other and to nature. This will require a n ew sense of urgency about the untenability of present patterns of life and compassionate solidarity with those who are its victims. Rosemary Radford Ruether is a writer and active campaigner for women's spirituality. She authored the first ecofeminist book, New Woman/ New Earth: Sexist Ideologies and Human Liberation in 1975. Her most recent book is Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theolo gy of Earth Healing. (Send stamped S.A.E. if you would like notes and excised mid-section.) The Women's Environmental Network runs a number of green campaigns and also organises occasional talks by prominent ecofeminists: WEN, Aberdeen Studios, 22 Highbury Grove, London, N5 2EA (Tel. 071 354 8823).

Wednesday, January 15, 2014