The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

Where do you smell God?

PJ asks this question of every one of our program applicants. It throws most people for a loop because no one has ever asked them that before--or never told them God had a smell, or allowed them the spiritual contemplation to consider such a possibility. In retrospect, I'm kind of bummed she didn't ask me when she interviewed me to direct the program; since this week is an interview blitz, I was thinking about it.

I smell God in a lot of places.

I smell God in the salt air of my hometown, after I've been away long enough to adjust to a salt-free place.

I smell God in the subtle mix of detergent, deodorant, and Berkeley that is Jonathan's shoulder when I hug him hello.

I smell God in the deep warmth of masala chai.

I smell God in the pine and baked goods of my mom's house, just before Christmas.

I smell God in the untouched pages of a new book.

Tell me, where do you smell God?

Get Up. Eat.

For He is Our Peace -- A sermon on Ephesians, mostly.