Gathered Wisdom, May 25

A weekly collection of inspiration and resources for the journey, gathered from websites, books, and pass-alongs that have been shared with us. From The Wisdom Years – Spirituality for the Last Third of Our Lives.


We cannot love God if we do not love our brothers and sisters and recognize the love God has for them. We cannot adore the beauty of our diverse triune God if we do not seek it in the faces of the diverse community God has created. We cannot receive the assurance of God’s mercy, gracefully shown to us in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, unless we are willing to be arbiters of that same mercy; a mercy that both takes a knee in peaceful protest and displaces the knee prohibiting another from breathing in the breath of life.

-Br. Jim Woodrum
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

The UK Blessing — Churches sing “The Blessing” over the UK

Over 65 churches and movements of the United Kingdom, representing hundreds of others, have come together online to sing a blessing over the land. It’s a prayer for every nation, every person.

Watch and listen.

The Blessed Confusion of Pentecost

By Ryan Kuratko
From Grow Christians

The human story is one of diversity, of wondrous and different cultures, says Ryan Kuratko in this reflection from Grow Christians. So when we choose only one way, one culture, one language, we are in danger of destroying everything that is our true identity. God’s intervention in that process happens at Babel. 

Read the reflection on why to get to Pentecost we have to go through Babel.

More from Grow Christians.

This is Me at 68

From Daily Good

What we know as we live into this last third of our lives is that everything softens. People and situations that used to raise all our hackles are now hardly worth a hand-wring. The writers of these short essays – ranging in age from 68 to upper-70s, echo that sentiment as they tell of the revelations that have surfaced by the pandemic. It’s not all bad out there. 

Read the essays.

More from Daily Good.

Our Faith is in Community

By Richard Rohr
From Center for Action and Contemplation

Again and again in the past 15 months, we have found the value of community by our absence from it. “In our corporate wholeness, are the glory of God, the goodness of God, the presence of God,” says Richard Rohr.  “As an individual, I participate in that wholeness, and that is holiness!  It’s not my private holiness; it’s our connectedness together.” It is our reliance upon each other, each doing his or her part, that witnesses to God’s manifestation among us.

Read Rohr’s reflection.

More from CAC.

The Wisdom Years is founded on community. We gather most Thursday afternoons to reflect and discuss together on the topic of the week, but mostly it’s about companionship.  If you want to know more, send an email to Marjorie George at Or visit

Notes in the Margins

An online Series of Book Discussions with Parker J. Palmer
From The Center for Courage and Renewal

Session 1 
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Thursday, May 27 
12 noon to 1:30pm EDT

Session 2
A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward An Undivided Life
Thursday, June 24 
7:00pm to 8:30pm EDT

Session 3
On the Brink of Everything: Grace Gravity & Getting Old
Thursday, July 22 
12 noon to 1:30pm EDT 

The Center for Courage and Renewal is offering a series of three online book discussions with Parker J. Palmer. Each conversation will focus on one of Parker’s most widely read books. He will share about writing the book and what he’s learned from readers about it over the years. Then he’ll invite questions and comments about how the issues in the books have played out in your life.

These conversations are free and open to anyone. Sign up for one, two, or all three.

Learn more and register

More from Center for Courage and Renewal

If you have something to add to Gathered Wisdom, send it to Marjorie George at

Gathered Wisdom is from The Wisdom Years, a ministry that invites older adults to deepening spirituality in the last third of their lives.

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