Play - Summer Worship Theme
We all are playing.
Playing it up, playing it down, trying to play fair.
Playing for keeps, playing favorites, playing it safe,
sometimes too safe.
He plays hardball; They’re playing house; I’m playing it by ear,
or at least learning to play it by ear.
She’s tired of playing second fiddle; He’s playing right into their hands.
Please God, can’t we all just throw out the playbook and start again?
Sometimes we’re just played out; it’s not always bad to play possum.
And what about playing with fire? Let’s hope so, friends. Don’t you want to feel again that burning within, and let it loose?
Reverend T. Michael Rock
"Meaning is Being Created"
In J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the wise wizard Gandalf encourages the young hobbit to leave the comfortable and seek an adventure. Meaning is being made and created when we live into mystery and the unknown. The pathway to this learning isn’t simple or without suffering, but it is the only way I have ever discovered any spiritual truth.
An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ since 1996, T. Michael is currently serving as a Co-Pastor and Teacher at the Robbinsdale Parkway United Church of Christ in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. On a national level, Reverend T. Michael Rock he has been training teachers in community and religious settings to teach, Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith, a values-based sexuality curriculum for all ages, and Creating Cultures of Peace, a curriculum for personal and social transformation that has been developed with influence from Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, The Fellowship of Reconciliation, and by peacemakers all around the world. T. Michael is one of the faculty at the Center for Congregational Spirituality and is adjunct faculty at United Seminary of the Twin Cities. He also leads workshops and retreats in Centering Prayer, Nonviolent Direct Action, Reiki Healing I and II, and Magnified Healing. T. Michael volunteers as a member of various community non-profit boards related to nonviolence and interfaith dialogue. He has been a Spiritual Director for over twenty years through Spiritual Directors International and served for over fifteen years as prison and police chaplain.
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