From Dinner Church to Neighborhood Hub, Building Community Through Working Side by Side

Working side by side making a meal, breaking bread, eating and sharing conversation around the dinner table, then cleaning up together creates community in a very real way. You get to know about each other, but there’s something much more profound going on. Deeply connected to the Judeo-Christian tradition is the idea of the sacred meal: we show our bond as a faith community by sitting down to eat together, and we show hospitality to the stranger by cooking for them and inviting them to eat with … [Read More...]


Freedom from Struggle: Meditation To Ground You While You Work for the Liberation of Others — my talk at Wild Goose in NC 6/27 3pm

If you're coming to the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina June 26 - 29, or still considering whether to make the trip, just a heads-up that I will be offering a centering prayer-based presentation again this year; my topic is, "Freedom from Struggle: Meditation To Ground You While You Work for the Liberation of Others"; I'm scheduled to speak at the "Chapel" space, and it's planned for Friday 6/27 at 3 p.m., but you should check the final schedule when you get there to make sure of the … [Read More...]

Philip and the eunuch: A Reflection on Acts 8:36-38

Today's daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is:As they traveled along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Look, there is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?" Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and Philip and the eunuch both went down into … [Read More...]

Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures: A Reflection on John 6:27

Today's daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is:Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. -- John 6:27It's the bit before "I am the bread of life." Here's part of my reflection:Jesus is … [Read More...]

The Integrity of Creation

My science-loving atheist dad introduced me to the wonders of nature in our months-long summer camping vacations. I didn’t have the language then, and he didn’t use it, but he was showing me what awed him, what he saw as divine: canyons, redwoods, still mountain lakes. Several decades later, high in … [Read More...]

Pope Francis to Remind Conservatives Again Foot Washing Is About Humility Not Piety, and Not Patriarchy

Pope Francis caused a big kerfuffle among some conservative Catholics last year when he washed the feet of women and Muslims on Holy Thursday. One canon lawyer, Edward Peters, said the pope was setting a "questionable example" by not respecting the rules enough. Of course the other 99% of the world … [Read More...]

Ronald Rolheiser’s Sacred Fire: A Challenge for Deeper Spiritual Maturity

Most books about the spiritual journey focus on the first steps — on awakening to an awareness that there's more going on than your own limited perspective and tuning in to the divine in and around you. Sacred Fire assumes the reader has already made headway in these areas and looks instead at what R … [Read More...]

Religious Freedom in America Isn’t Threatened — Not Even Close

This month's topic in the Patheos Public Square is: "Is Religious Freedom Threatened?" Please read and comment on my opinion, and read the others too. Here's my response:No. Not even close.There are two dynamics at play in this idea that religious freedom (that is, Christian religious … [Read More...]

Young Nun Singing on The Voice; Says “God Doesn’t Take Anything Away from Us” [VIDEO]

This cute young nun, Sister Cristina, auditions for the Italian version of The Voice, singing an Alicia Keys song. Of course comes the stupid question (at 5:50), "What does the Vatican have to say about your auditioning for The Voice?" Her perfect response (translated into English):"[Pope … [Read More...]

Gaudete Sunday: “If there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things”

Gaudete means rejoice. This third Sunday of Advent, called Gaudete Sunday -- designated by a color shift from violet to rose in the Advent wreath candles -- is the signal that it's OK to start acting more Christmasy. Up until now, Advent tradition has dictated that we be reverent and expectant … [Read More...]

Reading Scripture Contemplatively with Lectio Divina

Lectio divina is a way to read scripture and other sacred writing contemplatively. It’s different from bible study or a reading plan — the goal is not to read thoroughly but deeply; to experience the text with an open heart; to comprehend the Truth beneath the words. Comprehend means to hold com … [Read More...]

God does not need our obedience and rituals; those things help us: A Reflection on Psalm 50:14-15

Today's daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is:Offer to God praise as your sacrifice and fulfill your vows to the Most High; Then call upon me in time of distress; I will rescue you, and you shall glorify me.– Psalm 50:14-15Here's part of my … [Read More...]

The Big Lie is that we are all alone: A Reflection on Psalm 3

Today's daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is:Many are saying of me, "There is no salvation for him in God." But you, O LORD, are my shield.– Psalm 3:3-4Here's part of my reflection:The psalmist's adversaries wield words. They tell him his situation … [Read More...]

Pope Francis and the little boy who wouldn’t leave the stage [VIDEO]

  Seriously, Pope Francis' natural impulses just always seem to be humble, playful, loving. This past weekend, as part of the Year of Faith celebrations, there was an event with a bunch of children on stage with the pope. When one little boy wouldn’t leave and seemed fascinated with Pope F … [Read More...]