Rev. Loretta Reynolds
The last 5 weeks have been…strange. Classes, meetings, grading, conferences, and worship services are virtual—reaching out to connect with others from our kitchen tables, basements, and bedroom make-shift offices. In the last few weeks, we have experienced the grief of unfulfilled dreams of graduation celebrations, being geographically separated from friends, losing the personal interaction of the classroom, and many have had to grieve the loss of a loved one without the usual comforting rituals. As unusual as things have been in the past few weeks, life has a way of also continuing to remind us of beauty—babies have been born, couples have gotten married, spring flowers have graced us with a riot of color, and lessons have been learned. Doing things differently has encouraged us to learn new skills, has reminded us to appreciate simple freedoms like buying groceries and sitting down in a restaurant, and we are being given the opportunity to apply Jesus’ instruction to love our neighbor by going the second mile (or in this case, by staying at home!).
These weeks of doing things differently gives us an opportunity to discern how our spiritual practices can help us learn and grow while we are living and working in this strange land. Regardless of your religion or if you have no religious tradition, one spiritual tool that is available to all is the labyrinth. Continue reading The Berea College Labyrinth →
Rev. Loretta Reynolds
Dear Berea College Community,
At the beginning of this New Year and new decade (ok, I know there is some debate about that!), the staff at the Campus Christian Center would like to try something new. We are starting a monthly blog! Each month, one of our College Chaplains will share what we are thinking. We hope you will find it helpful, perhaps even inspirational. And, we would like your feedback.
I have to admit, this is my first foray into blogging so I enter with both excitement and trepidation! But here are a few things I have been thinking about as we enter 2020.
I’m worried….about climate change, mass incarceration, the threat of war, the treatment of immigrants and what that says about the condition of the soul of our county. I am concerned about the instability of our political situation, the destruction of our coral reefs and sea animals, what will happen in the election no matter who wins, and I’m worried about all of us who find it easy to fall into despair at the enormity of it all. I find myself looking around for a prophet. Someone who will come up with a clear plan and tell me what to do.
Traditional, stereotypical prophets, usually do have a clear plan but often it is a plan that most of us do not want to follow. I don’t think John and Matilda Fee and the other founders of Berea College saw themselves as prophets. Well, maybe they did, but I think they were just determined to act on what they believed, to their very core, to be right. And yet, it was in the very living out of the call to promote justice and equality that they became what we recognize now as prophets.
Continue reading The Work of a Prophet →