I had a really great worship experience this weekend, and it started me thinking about other worship experiences, and other experiences in general. So the worship experience I’m referring to is the ordination service I attended (and preached) on Saturday. The service was for one of my outstanding former students, and several old friends were…… Continue reading Thoughts on the presence of the Holy Spirit
I like all sports, but I don’t really follow tennis, so I didn’t watch the match last night between Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff. I had heard about it, of course–it had been heavily hyped for days–so this morning when I woke up, I was eager to read about what had happened. It seemed the…… Continue reading Naomi Osaka: The Classiest of Class Acts
So, like many women I guess, I have issues. Issues with my body, that is. Even though I am already strong and fit, I want to be stronger and fitter. Even though I am already mostly satisfied with my appearance, I look around at other women and I compare myself to them, wondering how I…… Continue reading No Wrong Way to Have a Body
Yesterday I listened to one of my favorite podcasts—“Hidden Brain.” This episode was about empathy, and it is definitely worth a listen, even though it is a little long. It is especially important in the current context to think critically about empathy, since the data shows that, in general, in the United States, empathy has…… Continue reading Expansive Empathy for all God’s Children
Here we are, again. Once again, we find ourselves in a place we have been all too many times before, and only too recently. Here we are, again, mourning the tragic, senseless loss of life in a mass shooting. This time, at a mosque. Last time at a synagogue, and before that, at a church, and…… Continue reading The Danger of Silence
So, what are your views on “sin”? Much of how you might answer that question depends on your background–how you raised, and whether you were raised as a Christian (or Jew or Muslim), and what kind. I have written about sin before, but I was prompted to do so again by this article in The New…… Continue reading Why Talk about Sin?
Mary Oliver died today, at the age of 83 [read about it here: Mary Oliver Obituary], and the day has been diminished; the world, in fact, has been slightly diminished. If you know anything about me at all, and have read any of my work, you know how much I love Mary Oliver. I have more…… Continue reading Rest in Peace, Mary Oliver