My guest is Rev. Dr. Edwin Searcy, congregational minister at University Hill Congregation in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he offers ministry in worship, pastoral care, and Christian formation. He writes about the gospel, the church, and living with multiple myeloma at his blog, Holy Scribbler. Edwin Searcy is also the editor of a collection of prayers by Walter Brueggemann called Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth. And he directs the annual publication of Salt of the Earth, a church seasons calendar produced by his congregation. The calendar blends art, tradition, beauty, spiritual formation, and teaching through a re-working of the common calendar. The calendar for 2012/2013 has been out since October. For Ed and his congregation, the calendar was born from the challenge of forming or keeping a Christian identity. They observed that Jews have a calendar. Muslims have a calendar. And they realized, so do we Christians. The calendar addresses the underlying disease in North American congregations, communal amnesia, forgetting who we are. Keeping time in the Christian year helps the church remember who it is so that it can live faithfully. As Ed tells us, "The Christian year is a way to help keep retelling the story that shapes our lives and becomes a kind of way of remembering who we are." Click to Listen Link to MP3 Video Excerpt Link to video on YouTube Calendar Images Salt of the Earth cover Advent art Advent page Christmas art Christmas page Links Salt of the Earth: A Christian Seasons Calendar website Ed Searcy's blog: Holy Scribbler University Hill Congregation Celebrating a Christian New Year's Party Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth by Walter Brueggemann, edited by Edwin Searcy Resources for the Christian seasons This website is maintained by Janice Love, who created the first Salt of the Earth calendar. Complete transcript LP: I’d like to begin our conversation with one of the prayers by Walter Brueggemann in the book you edited, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth. The book includes a section of seasonal prayers, which opens with a prayer called “Occupy Our Calendars.” Would you mind reading that prayer? ES: Absolutely. Occupy our calendars Our times are in your hands: But we count our times for us; we count our days and fill them with us: we count our weeks and fill them with our busyness; we count our years and fill them with our fears. And then caught up short with your claim, Our times are in your hands!