Sunday, February 17, 2019
9:30 am - 10:30 am


What is religious poetry?  Would David wonder if the psalms were religious, or did he just sing for the love of God. In “Swan” Mary Oliver asks, “Did you too see it, drifting, all night on the black river? Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air/an armful of white blossoms…And have you changed your life?”  Are we changed by beauty? Is it a religious change? Is there a difference?

And when Solomon writes “How beautiful you are, my love, how very beautiful…your lips are like a crimson thread…your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate…your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle that feed among the lilies” do we cringe, or exult? How do we categorize it? Love poem? Religious love poem?

And how does this haiku by Chiyojo affect you?

“The morning-glory

Has captured my well-bucket.

I will beg water.”


Join us as we read poems about war and peace, love, sorrow, nature and us, and decide (your call) if they are religious.

Pastor Jack Ledbetter

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