Penny Gill Teachings

On Healing: Each Path Has Its Own Gethsemane

By PennyGill / April 27, 2021
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The path of deep healing, of becoming whole, can be arduous. It asks everything of us, including profound surrender to what actually is present in our life. I have learned so much about surrender this long time of Covid, both …

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The Circus Bear

By PennyGill / March 15, 2021
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I’ve been startled to learn, during this long year of Covid, how deep healing reveals such astonishing freedom. Here is a favorite story, which has challenged me over the years.

Many years ago, circus trains criss-crossed the United States. The …

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Stories. Story.

By PennyGill / February 5, 2021
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Our weekly Circle of Island women has been sharing stories of our favorite winter activities, when we were kids.  We laughed so hard imagining each other ice skating, sledding out of a second story window, building snow forts, and hurling …

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We Are All Bearers of Spirit and Light

By PennyGill / January 4, 2021
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We welcome the light, as we celebrate an ancient liturgy of epiphany, the appearance of the Sacred within our very lives. Here is the text of my sermon, and here is the video. All blessings and courage and good …

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A New Year Greeting

By PennyGill / December 31, 2020
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My wish for you as we begin our journey into the new year. 

The Shimmering Hours by Jan Richardson

There is so much

I want to say,

as if the saying

could prepare you

for this path,

as if there …

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Winter Solstice 2020

By PennyGill / December 18, 2020
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It is the darkest season here in the northern hemisphere and the longest night of the year. And oh, what a year. We lurch towards the new year, barely allowing ourselves to hope it will slowly relax the stranglehold on …

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The Gift of Cave Days

By PennyGill / December 2, 2020
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Are you bone weary and overwhelmed by your days of obligations and responsibilities and chores? Do you wonder if you can get through the long, dark winter, while supporting those you love and care for? Are you just plain running …

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A Time to Grieve and a Time to Plant

By PennyGill / November 15, 2020
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Penny’s sermon this morning responds to these very fraught times in the country, A Time to Grieve and a Time to Plant.

In your comment, it would be wonderful if you would please include which seed you plan to plant …

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Let’s Not Waste This Moment! by Penny Gill November 5, 2020

By PennyGill / November 5, 2020
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This is a profound opportunity to deepen our understanding of some fundamental realities of the United States. Let me explain, please. But first, let’s remember, we are worn out, thread bare, disappointed, stunned, and afraid. And much more. Why were …

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Our Hearts Are Breaking: A Talk by Penny

By PennyGill / August 19, 2020
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Hello, everyone…I was invited to preach at St Johns UCC Church here on Madeline Island last Sunday. I gave a talk on welcoming our grief, for in our grief we also will find the seeds of kindness and healing. This …

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