Responding to the Oil Spill: A Spiritual Practice

I awoke this morning to the news that BP’s ‘top kill’ strategy has failed: “In the six weeks since the spill began, the company has failed in each attempt to stop the gusher, as estimates of how much is leaking grow more dire. It’s the worst spill in U.S. history — exceeding even the Exxon [Read More…]

Mother God and Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day, I invite you to consider an alternative Trinitarian formula from the Trinity Working Group of the Presbyterian Church (USA): Mother, Child, Womb. This maternal language for God has roots in many sources, including both the biblical book of Isaiah and the writings of the sixteenth-century Protestant theologian John Calvin. As the recommendation of the [Read More…]

Freedom of Religion Equals Freedom of Speech

I am troubled when religious extremists — Christian, Islamic, or otherwise — threaten violence against those exercising free speech. If someone offends you, engage that person in dialogue, avoid that person, and/or encourage others to avoid him or her; but don’t bully.  Intimidation and violence are infantile tactics unworthy of a mature society. [Read more…]