Good Friday Pop Quiz: Who Killed Jesus?

I did. I do. If Borg and Crossan are right, and I hang my theological hat on the hunch that they are, that “the execution of Jesus was virtually inevitable. Not because of divine necessity, but because of human inevitability…” and that “Jesus did not die for the sins of the world. The language of substitutionary sacrifice [Read More…]

A prayer in times of perpetual violence

Oh God! It has happened. My heart is numb as I learn of evil unleashed by your Children. Again. Open my heart, Wounded One that I may feel. Again. Oh God! It has happened. My eyes are dry as I watch images of your Children shredded by violence. Again. Open my eyes Compassionate One that [Read More…]

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A book review

It seems nearly every week we hear another report about the demise of the church. Just Google the term “leaving church” and you’ll get about 169,000,000 search results. For real, go try it. Posts range from why are people leaving, how to leave well, why not to leave, to to win members back and why [Read More…]

Regarding the Duggars – are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

Hell’s bells, y’all, I really didn’t want to end my blogging sabbatical and start up writing again on a stomach-churning, blood-pressure raising, angry-eyes note but damnit, the news of the Duggar disgrace continues to unfurl, so – here we are. I am worried to pieces about the girls who were repeatedly sexually assaulted and who now seem to be little more [Read More…]

A family lunch tainted by bigotry: a guest post by Tonya Caputo

I saw a Facebook post by a mom the other day that just broke my heart and really pissed me off. I know we all see those maddening posts every day but this one stuck with me in such a way that I immediately reached out to the mom who wrote the post and invited her to share [Read More…]

Prayers from Matelot

On Sunday morning I woke at 6 a.m. to the distant but unmistakable sound of “Amazing Grace” off in the distance – in Matelot, Trinidad. I am traveling with a group of students who are on a Global Awareness trip to explore issues of gender and community development in Trinidad and Tobago. My job is to document the trip through [Read More…]

My top 5 posts of 2014

It’s been a wild ride this year, y’all and I am thoroughly astonished and wildly grateful for each and every one of you who’ve hung in here with me. I have had the incredible opportunity to experience so much this year the good, the bad and the ugly. Most importantly I have had the painful [Read More…]

When the happiest time of year is not that damn happy.

As some of you know I have the honor of facilitating an online community of spiritual practice and fellowship. I know it seems like just a silly, online gimmick but I have come to know this time and “place” as quite real and deeply moving. Friends, it seems that we are indeed in a dark [Read More…]

Joy?

Tonight we light the third candle representing joy. And so I pause. One year ago today I awoke for the first time in my life under a roof that I put over my own head. Joy, oh joy seemed so reluctant, resentful and recalcitrant but I knew, we both knew, that it was no longer [Read More…]

Patron of Defense Against the Dark Arts?

Blogging at Patheos for nearly two years has been an amazing, life changing experience. I am so grateful to have the privilege of lifting up a voice of progressive faith against the dark arts of willful ignorance, dangerous vitriol and general asshattery of those who teach the faithless lie that LGBT people are not of [Read More…]


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