On Not Stinking Up The Place or Going Fragrance-Free

Scents can make some people really sick.

In many Jesus stories, the way things turned out, usually well, was completely unpredictable from the way the story began. It was almost as though Jesus’s friends could have prepared themselves best if they had said to each other, “OK, here’s the deal. Today, Jesus is probably going to blow our minds. Let’s pay attention.”Jesus was really good at paying attention, of course. There was the time They were in a crowd and a woman who had been sick for twelve years touched Their robe. “I felt some … [Read more...]

Father Richard Rohr on Sacred Wounds by Author Teresa Pasquale


Father Richard Rohr authored the foreword for Teresa Pasquale's new book, Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma released today by Chalice Press. Chalice has made the foreword available and we thought this would be great to share in the post-modern church conversation / movement. We at Emerging Voices have been huge fans of Teresa's healing work for a couple of years and are excited to see this work become widely available and accessible. Foreword by Father Richard … [Read more...]

God in a Mushroom


What can a mushroom teach us about God? The building I work in has rows of peace lilies and palms growing indoors. It's a beautiful part of the building, a conference center, full of natural light and open space. There's a caretaker who, twice a week or so, tends to the plants, watering them, trimming away dead leaves, et cetera. One day, though, I noticed he missed a sizable mushroom:At first, I didn't think much of it, but as I walked away, it stuck with me. I came to the conclusion … [Read more...]

Inevitable: the death of news as we know it


Sometimes, I just think in poetry. Today is such a day. Sometimes, when I spend a lot of time on social media, soaking in what others say, and sharing what I've read and viewed, this is how the thoughts come out. Life is often too heavy to engage head on. Some of us make it our life's work to rage at the sun on other people's behalf. It's hard to see clearly through the tears. Ephemeral is what life feels like when contemplating the greater scheme of things. . . Inevitable is a condition I find … [Read more...]

The Ballad of Ruth and Naomi

The following is a sermon I delivered at Church of the Common Table  as one of three reflections on the book of Ruth in conversation with the Syrian refugee crisis. To read those, and other brilliant musings, visit our Tumblr.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Earlier this week, while riffling through the Pandora’s box of chaos that is our Tupperware drawer, I came across an … [Read more...]

Is it all right for white people to participate with Black Lives Matter?

Black Lives Matter is  call for white and non-Black people of color to show up for racial justice.

Recently, someone asked me a question about the participation of white people in the Black Lives Matter movement: Is it cultural appropriation? Thank you for asking, friend.White people have a call to heed when it comes to Black Lives Matter, but it is worthwhile to examine exactly what that means. It means being willing to start at a place of being supportive of Black leadership without having to set an agenda and take charge. Specifically, showing up for Black Lives Matter is not … [Read more...]

We Must Weather the Storm to See the Rainbow

1. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada's Banner vandalized on August 26 with _White_ written over Black

An Open Love Letter to White Unitarian Universalists Struggling With Their Commitment to Black Lives MatterBy Chris CrassOur commitment to living the values of our faith is being tested. We are standing in the storm of reaction against the Black Lives Matter movement. Now is the time when we must ask ourselves, “do we become even more out and proud for racial justice or do we shrink down in retreat?”With FOX news leading a media frenzy denouncing the Black Lives Matter movement as a h … [Read more...]

Call and Affirmation

Call & Affirmation

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” [Matthew 5:16-16 NRSV]I’ve learned to be someone who’s trustworthy enough to listen deeply without judgment, to make connections with other people at a soul-deep level, and to reflect back the innate goodness and inner wholeness of the … [Read more...]

“Thank-you Donald Trump!”


Seriously. Thank-you Donald Trump and your 'realityshowesque' and 'plainspoken' Presidential campaign. Let me quickly explain myself. My recently found gratitude for the GOP front runner is not some form of liberal campaign rubbernecking — my slowing down the car just so I can gawk at the aftermath of an inevitable accident in the other lane.Trump's campaign has regularly inspired glee among liberals and pundits (cf. John Stewart a year ago when confronted with a potential Trump run impishly … [Read more...]

What’s Your Story?

Hipster Lola

First of all, I am sorry. I've been gone for, oh, five months? In my defense, this happened:Yes, my dear, sweet, brain-eating zombie baby was born in April, and thus I have an excuse for everything. Or not. Whatever.But, right, yes, I came here to say something, didn't I?I jumped ship from the S.S. Christianity a while ago. This is not a secret.Yet, no one seems to know how to make sense of this. I've heard everything from "So you're an atheist?" to "Well, you'll come … [Read more...]