I’ve seen many similar stories pop up on my computer screen over the last few years, but what stopped me in my tracks was the location of the incident. This was not a story about Ferguson or New Orleans or any other city hundreds of miles away. It was a story about a violent attack … Continue reading Violence in My Neighborhood: Holding Two Things Together at the Same Time
I have a favorite spiritual practice of noting every time I hear or see or encounter a name for God. This is not the same thing as a “names of God” Bible study that tries to make sense of Hebrew phrases like “El Shaddai,” though such studies can be helpful. What I search for are … Continue reading Naming God
Recently a friend of mine shared with me about the season of life and faith in which she found herself. I listened and asked her if she had found spaces in which she felt safe to share about the doubts and confusion she sensed. She shared that she had found very few people who could … Continue reading The Sacredness of Doubt
John 20:1-30 This is a full season for my husband and me for many reasons, namely the awaited arrival of our first baby in September. As parents-in-waiting we are preparing for much, and learning to be at peace with the limits of such preparation. Holidays, like the one we celebrate today, are a feature of … Continue reading A Sermon for Easter
One of the greatest gifts I have ever been given was offered to me during my graduate theological training. As all prior notions of God and faith were deconstructed one by one, I desperately needed a safe space to navigate all that I was thinking and feeling. In a way I never had encountered before, my professors and … Continue reading What is Spiritual Direction?