Tourist or Pilgrim?


There is a sign at the entrance of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that reads: We are hoping that: If you enter here as a tourist, you would exit as a pilgrim. If you enter here as a pilgrim, you would exit as a holier one. It’s a fitting and powerful reminder for [Read More...]

Oprah’s New Series Captures Belief in an Age of Doubt and Division


Oprah Winfrey’s new series Belief, which premiers this month, offers a fresh glimpse of what it means to be a person of faith in an era in which people are increasingly spiritual but not religious and where anti-Muslim and immigrant sentiments permeate political debates. I got to preview the series at her home in Montecito, [Read More...]

After Oregon, “Prayers for ________” Just Rings Hollow


It has happened again. Dear God it has happened again. The reports coming out of Oregon  are just horrifying and gut-wrenching. My heart has been in knots  as various (and sometimes conflicting) stories of what happened there at Umpqua Community College.  Thirty people have been shot.  At least nine people have died. Countless lives have been [Read More...]