September 14, 2013
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Dear Friends and Supporters,
As many of you may know, the Common Friars have been discerning their future for the past two years. This prayerful and disciplined process has led us to the decision that we are no longer called to a life together as a religious community. Thanks to our discernment process, this decision, in the end, was not a hard one. We know the spirit is leading us in different directions. We are grateful for our lives in community over the past five years. While our life together as a religious community has come to a close, the spirit of this place and the work of the Good Earth Farm will live on under the direction of Kelly Latimore.
Our end is not due to conflict or money, but simply a realization that the tides have shifted for us as individuals. Sarah and Paul’s lives have changed dramatically since they started the farm in 2008. They have a child and are overjoyed to announce another one on the way. Between children of their own and retired parents in the area, their focus has greatly shifted from intentional community to family. For this and several other reasons, Sarah and Paul have recently decided to move off the farm and start a farm/homestead/small business.
Kelly will stay on and lead the Good Earth Farm in new and exciting directions. Kelly suddenly has an enormous amount of work ahead of him. New relationships and new discernment about the future of the farm are all ahead of him while he looks for part-time work in Athens. It is Paul’s hope to continue to work with him in whatever way Kelly finds helpful.
Tom Fehr’s example will be a guiding one. Tom moved off the farm to the rectory at Grace Church Pomeroy on March 1st. Since then, Tom has continued to be an integral member of the Common Friars and contributor to our mission. His ministry at Grace has continued to deepen, and while our decision will be the end of an important chapter, Tom’s ministry and relationships will continue to carry the spirit of the Common Friars.
Please keep us all in your prayers. Know that we are extremely grateful for all that has been given to us and for all that we have been able to share. And please continue to follow/support/advise the work Kelly will take on here at the farm.
The Common Friars
Paul and Sarah Clever
July 10, 2013
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April 12, 2013
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Acts 6: 1-7 | Psalm 33: 1-5, 18-32 | John 6: 16-21
Jesus Walks on Water
“16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[a] they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.”
March 29, 2013
Job 14:1-14 | Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 | John 19:38-42
“38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.” –John 19:38-42
Thoughts on this Text
Two lesser-known characters, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, are examples of what Theologian Sam Wells calls “disciples by night.” These men have day jobs in touchy political situations, and open knowledge of their faith in Christ would threaten their special positions. So instead, Nicodemus approaches Jesus under the cover of darkness to learn from him, and Joseph of Arimathea, who was a member of the jury who convicted Jesus, didn’t show his true allegiance until he offered his personal plot as a burial cave for Jesus’ body.
Can one be a Christian on the quiet? Can one be a ruler by day and worshiper by night?
March 22, 2013
Ezekiel 37:21-28 | John 11:45-53 | Psalm 85:1-7
“45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary andhad seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs.48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, andthe Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.” –John 11:45-53
Commentary on this text
“The pain that Jesus confronts is that while some are brought to faith by miracles, others harden their hearts in the face of such a challenge to their sense of reality. They do not want to see; they are blind to reality; they cannot believe that Jesus is really from God, then God will look after them as God has done so often in the past. Their refusal to believe in Jesus makes them refuse to believe in God’s love for the Jewish people.
Why do they refuse to Trust Jesus?
Is it their fear of an uprising and retaliation of the Romans? Is it a fear of change? Is it a fear of losing power and control of the situation? Is it jealousy of Jesus, because so many are going to him?
It is probably a mixture of all these things, which find a home in the dark areas of our own hearts. We, too, can refuse to look at and listen humbly to reality, to read the signs of the Holy Spirit in what is going on in the world and in the church around us. We can also refuse to trust the power of God within us and in others” – Jean Vanier (from Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John)
March 13, 2013
Good Earth Farm intern applications now available!
Every year the farm takes on two interns from mid-May to mid-August. The internship program is a major part of our mission. We focus on spiritual growth, vocational discernment, and basic homesteading skills. Interns learn about gardening, carpentry, livestock, dairy processing, bee keeping, cooking, community organizing, and more. Email email@example.com for an application. All are welcome to apply regardless of faith background or farm experience.
March 12, 2013
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The Farm wanted to remind those of you who have come to the Eucharist and meal of our re-start date this Saturday March 16th.
Lunch Starting @ 12 noon with the farm Eucharist following @ 1pm.
the readings for this Saturday:
John 6:60-71 |Psalm 33 | Romans 9:1-18
“60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” 71 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.”
– John 6: 60-71