Some Assembly Required: A Church Without God

On January 11, I drove down the hill to the Musicians Union hall at 817 Vine Street to attend the monthly Sunday Assembly Los Angeles, described at its website as “a godless community that meets monthly to hear great talks, connect for service projects, sing songs and generally celebrate life. Assemblies are free to attend, and everyone is [Read More...]

Faithfulness Is More Important Than Veneration (Back to the Future with the Jewish Jesus)

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Part 2: Progressive Reflections on Traditional Christian Themes I believe that the living God who Christians know through the sacred story of Jesus is far more interested in our faithfulness to the way of Jesus than our worship of Jesus or veneration of his deity. Having the faith of Jesus is more important than what [Read More...]

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

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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...]


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