Thoughts on the Beginning of Advent

I am so excited that Advent is finally here; it really is my favorite time of year.  Of course, some of this is because of the secular [read: commercial] Christmas season that started with Thanksgiving, really.  I can’t help myself:  I love decorating the house, writing Christmas cards, shopping for presents, baking, etc., etc.; and…… Continue reading Thoughts on the Beginning of Advent

The Parliament of the World’s Religions

I just returned from The Parliament of the World‘s Religions and I’m still processing the whole experience. It was my third time to go, and I think this was the best time yet, because I had six Gettysburg College students with me. I was so proud of them: they engaged the whole experience with enthusiasm,…… Continue reading The Parliament of the World’s Religions

Atelic Activity and the Sabbath

I have been thinking quite a bit about this article that I read recently in The New York Times:  The Problem of Living in the Present  It is very interesting, as it describes how we spend our time, and how we think about our activities.  Specifically, it contrasts “telic” activities with “atelic” activities.  “Telic” activities have a…… Continue reading Atelic Activity and the Sabbath

Bonhoeffer, Palm Sunday and Our Walk to the Cross

This Sunday, we have a meaningful and poignant confluence of Christian commemorations:  it is, of course, Palm Sunday, but it also is the feast day of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  This means that we will be beginning Holy Week–starting our long walk to the cross–hand in hand with Bonhoeffer; with his words in our ears, and the…… Continue reading Bonhoeffer, Palm Sunday and Our Walk to the Cross