Peace on Earth: Contemplating the Possibility

The greeting cards arrive extolling, “Peace on Earth.” They come as messengers, revealing the longings of other hearts. And for a moment they remind me that I too yearn for peace to flood my soul and to encircle our fragile world. Then I consider the violence, injustice, pain and tragedies that surround us. My heart [Read More…]

Holy Babies!

I recently taught a class on World Religions, at least a few of them, with the theme “Rivers of Wisdom.” Lots of water; some refreshing and clean; some muddy or stagnant or polluted. But there IS water, there IS wisdom to be found in the ancient rivers. We may need to test it before sipping. [Read More…]

Light Beings: Fourth Sunday in Advent

By Sea Raven Lectionary Reflections for the Fourth Sunday in Advent Isaiah 7:10-16 ;Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14 The readings for this fourth Sunday in Advent for Year A simply present Matthew’s version of Jesus’s birth, backed up by the familiar prophecy from Isaiah, along with [Read More…]

Conversations About Race: A Q&A with Bruce Reyes-Chow

Yes, we may be weary of the arguing that has already taken place, fearful of the conflicts that might arise, or doubtful that anything will come of our attempts, but I implore you not to give up trying to talk about it. While the cost in relationships, energy, and status could potentially be significant, the [Read More…]

Mimetic Mondays: Nelson Mandela and the Mimetics of Forgiveness

Since Nelson Mandela’s death, we have been fortunate to reacquaint ourselves with his extraordinary life. As I’ve watched the news coverage of his death and memorial service, a remark on CBS This Morning from a South African struck me as particularly meaningful. He said about Mandela, He emancipated me from the bondage of oppression. Now [Read More…]

Answers for Lukas: How to Stop the Mean People

A few weeks ago, my blog focused on a 7-year old boy’s question: “What ideas do you have about how to stop the mean people?” Since seeing his question on a poster he made and placed on his family’s garage door in my neighborhood, I sought answers to pass along to him. The response was [Read More…]

Welcoming the Stranger: A Q&A with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Two of my favorite Patheos bloggers – Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Bruce Reyes-Chow have published important books this past year that speak of the Christmas message in different ways (and make great stocking stuffers as a result). I’m sharing a bit about each book and a brief Q&A with the authors today and Monday on the blog. [Read More…]

Birthing God: Women’s Experiences of the Divine

A few years ago, I sent out Christmas cards with a Meister Eckhart* quote on the front: “What good is it that Christ was born in a stable in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago if he is not also born in me?” Inside, the card read: “How is God being born in you this Christmas?” [Read More…]

Being Human in December

A predominant message of this holiday season seems to be both loud and clear: Our value as human beings is often dictated by our capacity to consume. [Read more…]

Mimetic Monday: Reflecting on Christmas & the Incarnation by Stephanie Perdew VanSlyke, M.Div., Ph.D.

Why did the birth of Jesus matter to the early church? What did they think was the salvific power of the incarnation? And how might mimetic theory help us understand the relationship between incarnation and salvation? Those are a few questions subscribers to the Teaching Nonviolent Atonement live video chat will discuss this Thursday at [Read More…]

The Emperor’s Soft Clothes: Lectionary Reflections on Advent 3

By Sea Raven Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:5-10; Luke 1:47-55; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11; Thomas 78 The third Sunday in Advent is full of familiar themes: John the Baptist, acknowledged by Jesus himself as the messenger who prepares the way for the coming of the Messiah; Mary’s Magnificat, put into exquisite musical format by C.P.E. Bach: [Read More…]

Jesus (Benyosef) Traveling to Christianity 21

Christianity 21 is just a month away, and we continue to highlight some of the voices that wil be coming to Denver to be part of this exciting event on the future of Christianity and faith. Here, Jesus Benyosef, one of C21’s 7-minute presenters, offers an introduction from his “character” who is coming to speak. Blessed [Read More…]