How Do We Overcome the Fear of Death?

At The Curator, Win Bassett thinks about stories about death can help us overcome the fear of death: Embracing our infected existence, even while we teeter on the brink of nonexistence, serves as the sole saving grace to quell these fears. Sadly (or happily, depending on our framing), this acceptance of our curious, awkward and [Read More...]

What It Means to Be Here

My father passed away suddenly, almost seven years ago, not long after his forty-seventh birthday, due to complications from an aggressive form of leukemia. I miss him every day, but one of the things I wish I’d had time to do was hear more of his stories. Though on paper his life looks fairly conventional–grew [Read More...]

What I Wish I Had Said at the Occupy Wall Street Protest

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Redemption does not come so easily, for no one can ever pay enough to live forever and never see the grave. Psalm 49:8-9 A couple of years ago, as I was walking through the financial district of New York, I encountered a large, boisterous group of people who had camped out in Zuccotti Park. Unintentionally, [Read More...]

How Ash Wednesday Enriches Our Lives and Our Relationship with God

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Part 2 of series: Ash Wednesday: What? How? Why? Today, I want to reflect with you on the meaning of Ash Wednesday and how, I believe, it can enrich our lives and our faith. The denial of death . . . it’s all around us. When people die, they are often alone, sequestered in hospitals [Read More...]


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