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May 24, 2017
Alleluia for the Easter Season
I used to find Easter a letdown. Lent is so full of the self-improvement activities...
April 07, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Last Supper”
This poem is a meditation on Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, “The Last Supper.” But...
February 17, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Afternoon Swim”
The play of grammar has always lured me. I’ve wondered: why do English sentences take...
October 17, 2016
Traveling Through These Days of Awe
I’m in a plane ascending to 37,000 feet. How restless have I been this year?...
August 22, 2016
Sitting Together: A Week at the Glen Workshop
I’m an introvert who loves to talk, an often confusing combination that can leave me...
March 11, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Meditation on the Evangelista” by Karen An-Hwei Lee
What if God turned up at your door in the form of a brush salesman?...
June 18, 2015
A Holy Habitation for Life’s Story
By Allison Backous Troy May the Lord bless thee out of Zion; and so shalt...
June 17, 2015
Wanted: God—Dead or Alive?
If you practice a religion faithfully—faith-fully—, why do you do this? And why is it...
June 15, 2015
His Murderer and His Keeper
Some days I can’t remember: Am I Abel or Cain? Blackberry soda in the afternoon...
June 12, 2015
Sunday Morning at Wegmans, Prince George’s County, Maryland
It is the Feast of Pentecost on the Eastern Orthodox calendar, the annual commemoration of...
June 04, 2015
A Place Where We Can Talk
By Brian Volck "Somewhere is better than anywhere." —Flannery O'Connor In my sophomore year of college,...
June 03, 2015
The Science and Sundayness of Play
This post was made possible through the support of a grant from The BioLogos Foundation’s...
June 02, 2015
The Beautiful Attitudes
By Dyana Herron I clearly remember the last day of being nine. I stood in...
May 26, 2015
Self-Hating Jew: A Love Story, Part 1
In response to “Never Again: Netanyahu’s Holocaust Cliché,” a recent post of mine on Good...
May 22, 2015
The Two Lists
Seven-year old Isaiah found a small desk in the back of our garage and claimed...
May 14, 2015
Contemplative Questions: An Interview on Spirituality and Prayer with Fr. Raymond Shore, OP, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. Jan Vallone: You say that joy is the knowledge of the possession...
May 13, 2015
Contemplative Questions: An Interview on Spirituality and Prayer with Fr. Raymond Shore, OP, Part 1
Spurred by both confusion and curiosity, I recently took a graduate course on contemporary spirituality...
May 04, 2015
Las Madres: Art and Death in the Arizona Desert
"The artist is a beggar because she is empty, waiting to be filled. But the...
May 01, 2015
Jesus and Legos in the Deep, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. “Judas the transgressor,” we Eastern Orthodox sing during Holy Friday Matins,“was unwilling...
April 30, 2015
Jesus and Legos in the Deep, Part 1
I read about a shipping container holding five million Lego pieces that fell into the...
April 27, 2015
Jesus: Here, There, and Everywhere
Gertrude Stein once said of her hometown, Oakland, California, where she was raised after having...
April 17, 2015
Jesus Through Poets’ Eyes
In my Catholic faith, Easter lasts for seven weeks, until Pentecost; so I'm not too...
April 15, 2015
Writing This Post Was on My Bucket List
I’ve never left North America, seen the Statue of Liberty, or dipped a toe in...
April 13, 2015
No Glory in Jericho
I was standing with a Palestinian Muslim and three Jews. Jericho. The ancient city. Some...
January 26, 2015
Is My Truth Your Truth?
I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections Or the beauty of...
November 19, 2014
Trouble Called Again Last Night
Trouble called again last Thursday night. The number illuminated in the landline phone's small window....
June 17, 2014
Inner Peace Part 2: Mirror and Furnace
Yesterday I traced the spirituality of a Zen Garden stroll, then of meditation based on...
June 16, 2014
Inner Peace Part 1: Zen Gardens
Zen gardens were all the rage when I installed a modified version in my backyard...
August 09, 2013
The Bible as Icon
For Vic Sizemore With six children in a Southern Baptist family in the 1970s, we...
June 26, 2013
The Fragrance of the Unknown, Part 1
With less than two days before the retreat began, and only a grain of time...
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