TRYING TO OBEY

There was a time when obedience was an element of myriad relationships, from married couples in which wives promised to obey husbands, to feudal relationships in which those who were poor were expected to obey their wealthy superiors, to families in which children...

Too Much of an Other

I recently delved into a theological article on our current national state of polarization, hoping to read insights that would help me understand—and, yes, get the better of—those who I see fueling the polarization with inflammatory and intolerant attitudes.  Much to...

SPACES IN TOGETHERNESS

Perhaps because I grew up in a large family that lived in a small house, or perhaps because I seem to gravitate towards extraverted, loquacious people for partners and friends, I have made finding silence a priority throughout most of my life.  As a child in that...

IMPERFECT BLESSINGS

Frequently, in a journey of the soul, the most precious moments are the mistakes. – John O’Donohue   Perhaps because I grew up in a church tradition steeped in preoccupation with sin and how to get sin out of our lives, perhaps also because I have discovered that most...

GROWTH WITHOUT ALL THE WORK

I once watched a children’s presentation in a worship service that had a character who became impatient with the absence of visible growth in some seeds he had planted.  He consults an agricultural expert and learns that he had perhaps not done the planting correctly...