John Michael

Pastor, teacher, husband, dog walker, gardener, petrocollapse agitator, contemplative, hiker. Currently serving as a Formation Coordinator for OEF and Dean of VT/NY conference of Lutheran Synod.

General Registration for Chapter is Open

The Annual Chapter meeting of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans will be held in Chicago, IL at the Cenacle Retreat Center. Chapter will run June 22-25, with an optional retreat day on June 21. This gathering includes the annual discernment work of the Order, a Convocation to refresh and deepen…

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Franciscan Examination of Consciousness

A sixfold reflection to meditate on Franciscan vocation: Three knots- interpersonal ‎ Poverty- how do I find right relations with things? Chastity- how do I find right relations with my body and respect the sacredness of others bodies? Obedience – how do I find right relations with God and the…

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A Lenten Examen from Br. Coyote

A Franciscan Manifesto for Divesting Your Ego   Divest yourself of any monetary or material possession that is there for the sake of your ego and identity Do nothing that fosters greater social disparity; divest yourself of any real or perceived privileges Wear no uniforms or logos that identify yourself…

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OEF Council Meeting January 3-5, 2017

Imagine this scene: One sunny winter day in Winter Park, Florida, 3 Franciscans walk into Smokey Joe’s BBQ Shack. The casual observer observes: Avid hiker-woman, plaid shirt, jeans, sturdy hiking boots. Slim professional musical man, slacks, neatly-pressed white shirt, red tie. Silver-haired woman,   colorful Disney-turista-style tunic, leggings, sandals. Later…

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Living, Dying, and Eating in the “Day of the Dead” Belt

By Brother Gary “Coyote” Nabhan, OEF Other regions of North America may claim that they are the Corn Belt or the Bible Belt, but here in Tucson, we cling to the buckle of the cinturón of Day of the Dead. In an arc stretching from New Orleans through San Antonio…

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A Brief Reflection on the Relationship between OEF & the Joint Committee on Franciscan Unity

By Br. Elijah LeFevre The mission statement of the Joint Committee on Franciscan Unity is: “For the sake of creation, we are called to bear witness to the essential unity of the church, the Body of Christ, by working towards Franciscan unity in all of its expressions. We will achieve…

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