Why I Do Pray and Read the Bible–Much! A Response to Ellen Painter Dollar

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Ellen Painter Dollar is one of my favorite colleagues in the Patheos family of writers. I read what she writes with delight and care, in part because she is from a different part of the country, a different stage of life, a different Christian tradition, with a different vocational goal as a calling. In a [Read More...]

A Long Loving Look at Slow Church

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A Long Loving Look at Slow Church, by C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison I am welcoming the arrival of this new book, Slow Church, to my library, to my thinking and to my prayer. The two authors, lay people from two different parts of the United States, have thoughtfully and deliberately presented a model of being [Read More...]

Revisiting GracePlaces–Gratitude in Holy Week

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During Lent I have been returning to practices where I had already experienced the Grace of Christ, each week adding a different one, in exercises of remembrance and of stretching. This last week, the one we call Holy, I returning to and adding one practice where I have recognized God’s Grace over and over, the [Read More...]

Revisiting GracePlaces: Making Joyful Noise–Lent III

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I am so blessed to have been raised in a family, a faith tradition and an era in which singing praise to the Holy One was as natural and ordinary as brushing my teeth or doing my homework. Every day had our singing in it. My mother put us to bed singing, There is a [Read More...]

A Gift for the Introverts Among Us: A Review of Quiet-The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

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I am delighted that Susan Cain, author of Quiet has had the power, and has taken the time, to write this book which can give reassurance and practical support to so many of us introverts who have had to learn professionally and personally to develop skills to navigate this public North American culture of wall-to-wall [Read More...]

Seminary: Growing Roots, Spreading Wings

For thirty years I was deeply connected to seminary life: a student, a pastor supervisor, a trustee, and a faculty member. In each of those roles, at each of those times in my life, I was given gifts and I was left with longings. As the discussion about what and if a seminary should be [Read More...]

A Prayer for 9/11

From the far coast we remember the anniversary of the horror and grief and carnage of  the attack on the United States by terrorists, O Gentle and Powerful Holy One, and we pray that we will be part of the repair work to be poured out on the wounds in our world: Give us open [Read More...]

Longing for Water

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I wake up longing for water…in me, around me, through me. I feel dryness of body, mind and spirit. I want to touch it, feel it, see it, hear it, smell it. Maybe that is what a whirlwind summer does, depletes the supple of water, empties the well. In  this state of thirst, it is [Read More...]


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