Seeking Peace in Hard Times

Tributes have been pouring in all weekend to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, may she rest in peace. Regardless of your politics, you can and should admire her tenacity, her endurance, and her long, rich life that was characterized by a fierce commitment to issues of justice, equality and dignity. She was a dynamo in a compact…… Continue reading Seeking Peace in Hard Times

A Love Letter to Mary Oliver, on her Birthday

Dear Mary Forgive the formality, but I feel as though we are old friends, because I know your words so well. Today is your birthday, and it seems to me to be a fine time to write you a love letter. And, I promise I will take your advice: consider this my few words patched…… Continue reading A Love Letter to Mary Oliver, on her Birthday

Ash Wednesday & (Cosmic) Dust

It was a very fortuitous circumstance that today, Ash Wednesday, my feminist theologies class was finishing up Ask the Beasts, by Elizabeth Johnson. This is a lyrical, prophetic text, in which Johnson makes a compelling argument that care for creation belongs at the heart of Christian faith, and that God Herself is deeply present in…… Continue reading Ash Wednesday & (Cosmic) Dust

The Light of International Women’s Day

  Happy International Women’s Day!  All day I have been thinking about all the beautiful, smart, talented women who surround me–and have surrounded me–and I have been feeling blessed and empowered to stand among them. In that spirit, my thoughts and heart were lifted today as seminarian Tamika Jancewicz led a really wonderful chapel service…… Continue reading The Light of International Women’s Day

Commemoration & Hope in April

The first two weeks of April are filled with significant commemorations, and I’m not even talking about Easter and Passover. April 4th of this year was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. April 9th was the commemoration of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his execution by hanging at the Flossenburg concentration camp…… Continue reading Commemoration & Hope in April

With Gratitude to all the Women: A Rock, A River, A Tree

“A Rock, a river, a tree.”  These are the words that open Maya Angelou’s Inaugural Poem from January 20th, 1993.  A rock, a river, a tree.  I’ll come back to you shortly. Today is March 8th, International Women’s Day, and I find myself wanting to give thanks.  All my life, I have been surrounded by…… Continue reading With Gratitude to all the Women: A Rock, A River, A Tree