Spiritual Direction

offers the gift of compassionate presence, listening and accompaniment on the journey. Spiritual Direction is the gift of someone to sit with you in the garden of your life...

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Speaking & Writing

Erin has served as a speaker in a variety of capacities including as a pastor for nearly 25 years nearly every Sunday...

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Retreats & Events

Erin has led a variety of spiritual events and retreats that have taken place anywhere from an hour, to several hours, a day, or a full weekend.

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Tending to our Grief

Just over a week ago I recorded a couple songs for use during a Holy Week Zoom service using my recorder and voice. It had been a while since I played or sang. The sound of the recorder and the feel of my voice was soothing – especially in the midst of a pandemic with

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Still Unpacking

Not even three weeks ago I got home from a three week vacation to Peru and Chile. It was planned largely to visit my oldest daughter who was doing PhD field work for a year in Valparaíso. Emily had been there close to six months. It was the perfect time to connect in person. The

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Moving Out

About a week ago, I got up and out as I commonly do. I put on my running shoes, wrapped my earphones around my ears, and moved through the door grateful for the physical capability and emotional determination to head toward Enslen and Graceada parks. My normal routine is getting there, a couple “figure eights”

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Baseball as Spiritual Teacher

People who know me know I love baseball. Alright, that may be an understatement. Really, it’s a passion. What most people don’t realize is that my appreciation and passion for baseball go far beyond my love of the Chicago Cubs, or my admiration for their short stop, Javi Báez. Baseball has been a sacred vessel

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Parking more than the car …

I spontaneously decided to meet my daughters in San Francisco last Saturday. They were already going. I had planned to “lay low” at home to “recover from an event I had led the night before. A phone call Saturday morning for a simple check in on their way to the Oakland Zoo made us all aware

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Dialing In …

I’ve been working on putting together an ecumenical book study group to explore Joyce Rupp’s book, Boundless Compassion. I’ve been getting more involved with Joyce’s work in the area of compassion, specifically the promotion of persons deepening their understanding and living of compassion in the world. Facilitating the book study seems a good way to

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A Worthy Journey

Most people love Christmas, then move on. Yet the story doesn’t stop at mangers, mules and the birth of a baby. In fact, some folks who set up nativity scenes argue the wisemen shouldn’t be put in until after Christmas. That’s when Epiphany comes, and I love everything about it, from the journeying to the

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The Place We Live …

I live in a place where the seasons are overlapping right now. It’s December 7th and fall is hanging on or lingering. I’m not sure which. At the same time, temperatures and California rains are starting to fall along with the leaves. There are signs of winter. Yet it’s still fall. After over fifteen years

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Stop, Look, and Listen

I was at my folks doing yard work last week when I noticed a yellow jacket still, almost pensive, on a blooming flower. It’s basically fall now, so I wondered what was going on. Is he or she getting ready to die? Slowing down at least for winter? I googled and found out that by late

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