Remembering Buechner

Stopping for a moment to read these words.

This old, yellowed quote from Frederick Buechner has been on the wall of every office study I’ve had for 30+ years.

What’s YOUR favorite Buechner quote? (Copy/paste it in the comments…)

I can’t even begin to calculate the numbers of times I’ve quoted Buechner in sermons, Sunday Schools, retreats, etc…

I keep a copy of “Wishful Thinking” always nearby…because I find that his pithy and wise definitions are food for thought, over and over.

Like me, Buechner loved to write, and loved theology. And he spoke honestly and beautifully about life, theology, and the world.

Like many wise, deep thinkers, he wasn’t afraid of his own griefs and foibles.…speaking openly about his Father’s suicide, his daughter’s illnesses…and showing us how, as he said about eloquently, “theology is autobiography.”

These are lessons my Mother taught me too…and it stiles hard that both these great wisdom-keepers have died so close to each other.

I would imagine my reading list for the coming year has just gotten a lot thicker. I’d already considered diving back into the ”Bebb” novels.

But my favorite books…in no particular order…are:

Wishful Thinking

Whistling in the Dark

Sacred Journey

Telling Secret’s

Alphabet of Grace

This last one, IMHO, is a spiritual/autobiographical masterpiece in what it means to PAY ATTENTION to life.

His “Faces of Jesus” helps center true, deep incarnational theology for all of us, and helps remind us how our own Jesus is far smaller than the whole of who Jesus is.

Rest well…I would never have been the preacher I am with you.

“All moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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