Christian Living

impermanent pine-hood

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 “The present form of this world is passing away.”  (1 Corinthians 7:31)


“Dust in the wind / All we are is dust in the wind.”  (Kansas)


Brad Cole, our resident artist at the PERC (and raker of pine needles), was the mind behind the Celtic cross splayed on the parking lot.


Where some might have simply cleared the pine needles over into the lawn, genius struck!


Of this creation from last Thursday, he acknowledged that it would be short-lived.


Banu and I expressed our assent.

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By Friday afternoon, the wind had begun to assert the inevitable.


I was reminded of the Tibetan monks who produce elaborate images in sand.


They are filled with almost every color imaginable (and maybe some beyond imagining).

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Afterward, the images are subjected to a ritual sweeping, a ritual destruction—displaying the ephemeral nature of all we see.


We await “the time of universal restoration.”  (Acts 3:21)


Rev. James Moore, OblSB, Moderator of Session


Creative Silence

When all is silent at the PERC, one looks above the fireplace in the Ballroom and sees beauty and wonder mixed with tears and joy.

PERC's mission is to bring out this creative silence and fill all with the presence of God... [Original painting by Bradley Cole] 

"Silence has many dimensions. It can be a regression and an escape, a loss of self, or it can be presence, awareness, unification, self-discovery. Negative silence blurs and confuses our identity, and we lapse into daydreams or diffuse anxieties. Positive silence pulls us together and makes us realize who we are, who we might be, and the distance between the two. Hence, positive silence implies a choice, and what Paul Tillich called the "courage to be."
-- from Love and Living by Thomas Merton


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Men's Life Group Presents "I am n" 6-Week Study @ the PERC

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The headlines from around the world are staggering as we read about Christians persecuted for their faith.

How can we understand what they are facing? What does it mean for our Christian walk?

The curriculum will unpack and build on the six principles/themes:
Sacrifice, Faithfulness, Honor, Perseverance, Courage, and Forgiveness.

At the end of each session viewers will be challenged with a call to action as well as a way to apply the six principles in their own life. Each session will combine actual footage of the pesecuted church with commentary and teachings.

Evert Thursday night in the Library at the PERC at 6:30pm.

For more information please contact Tom Klein @ 315.209.7254 or e-mail [email protected]