Seeking God in the Wilderness: Joining a Sacred Quest

I do not know how to begin that process of awakening to my kinship with creation without many and repeated journeys into non-human nature, both local and wilderness, in order to listen in a way that shows me my true identity over and over. [Read more…]

Silence with a Sloth: On Meeting the Divine in Costa Rica

I had heard about the Sloth-man a few days before meeting him in a Quaker house in the mystical cloudforest of Monteverde, Costa Rica. My friends Scott and Becca had a year earlier uprooted their church ministry jobs and two young children to move to this small mountain community that drew thousands of tourists each [Read More…]

Time with God

Walking in the early morning on the Lizard Head trail under the red cliffs of Sedona, Arizona, last Sunday, I repeated the mantra I often use while taking hikes: “Am I here? Am I here? Am I here?” Was I really present, really awake, to the crunch of dirt under my feet, the calls of [Read More…]

Getting My Goose On: A Q&A with Wild Goose Festival Director Gareth Higgins

With only five weeks to go to the third annual Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina, I checked in with Festival Director Gareth Higgins about what to expect and look forward to at this year’s 4-day gathering at the intersection of spirituality, social justice and the arts. In addition to the stellar and diverse [Read More…]

When Robbers and Innkeepers Profit from Good Samaritans

By the Rev. Brian E. Konkol  Lake Edge Lutheran Church, Madison, WI The “Parable of the Good Samaritan” is one of the most well known, beloved, and influential portions of the New Testament. As a striking narrative about care and compassion for others, the content of Luke 10:29-37 has reverberated throughout the centuries as a clear [Read More…]

Movement for Justice: Changing the Story

Our stories are changed by the testimony of others. We are changed by the movement of time, by new understandings, and by the still-speaking Word. If this were not true, my ancestors would still be obeying masters, and my female justice-seeking voice would be silent. [Read more…]

Interfaith Alliance Celebrates SCOTUS Decisions on DOMA, Prop. 8

Interfaith Alliance President the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement celebrating today’s Supreme Court decisions: “The enormity of today’s decisions cannot be overstated…” [Read more…]

Realism vs. Man of Steelism

Once upon a time, political conservatives in America were stereotyped as hard-headed realists, and liberals were described as ungrounded dreamers. How times have changed! Conservatives base their policies on an ideal world in which capitalism works perfectly without government intervention. They assume that the hard-working succeed and the lazy fail. They assume that if people [Read More…]

Beers & Hymns: A Partnership of Pub and Parish

Through our “Beers & Hymns” events at a local pub, we created an opportunity to be Church in our local neighborhood, rather than passively expecting the local neighborhood to come to our Church. [Read more…]

Voting: A Ritual

“Voting is irrational.” This jarring statement comes from Paul Woodruff, professor of philosophy at the University of Texas in Austin, in his wise book, REVERENCE: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue. Paul came to USC a few months ago, hosted by my office, to give a series of talks. He’s a person who emanates the virtue that [Read More…]

What Do the Indigo Girls, Krista Tippett, Philip Yancey and Nadia Bolz-Weber All Have in Common?

They’re all going to the Wild Goose Festival this summer! Yep, you heard right … these fabulous folks and many, many more interesting and passionate people of faith are all part of the line-up for the third annual Wild Goose Festival — a 4-day event centered around social justice, spirituality, music and art in the [Read More…]