Slow Living: Resisting the Need for Speed

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“When do we ever find such deep permission, to stop, to see that it is good, this world, this life, this day? Just as it is, without our effort or interference? When do we hear the call, when do we allow ourselves to surrender so completely to non-productive time, to be allowed to be stopped, [Read More...]

On the Pilgrim’s Journey: A Q&A with Christine Valters Paintner

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“Pilgrim:  Someone who makes an intentional journey courting holy disruption.” – Christine Valters Paintner One of my very favorite writers on the spiritual life is Christine Valters Paintner, an author, Benedictine Oblate, and Abbess of the online retreat center Abbey of the Arts. When one of her emails graces my inbox, I notice my pulse slowing, and I [Read More...]

Genesis: The First Messy, Tangled Act in God’s Long Story of Becoming Humane

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For the last couple of months, I’ve been studying the book of Genesis with a group of very bright young University of Southern California (USC) students. I’m the adviser for our “Church of the Broken Bread” progressive Christian student fellowship here. Our weekly gatherings are simple. First, each of us takes a piece and says [Read More...]


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