Fr. Helmut Schüller’s “Catholic Tipping Point” Tour Calls for Disobedience

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On a 15-city “Catholic Tipping Point” American tour Fr. Helmut Schüller is outlining reforms he believes can restore vitality to the Roman Catholic Church, including married and women priests, welcoming remarried Catholics and gay members in committed relationships into full communion, and decentralizing power and giving greater leadership opportunities to lay members.  [Read more...]

Will Pope Francis be a reforming pope?

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In light of Pope Francis’ similarity in demeanor to Pope John XXIII, his admiration for the gentle, plainspoken pastoral leader, and his quick sainting of the Vatican II architect, you can’t help wondering, as the new book Francis: Man of Prayer asks: will Pope Francis be a reforming pope? Will he, like John XXIII, instigate changes that will alter the course of the global church profoundly and extend beyond his own papacy? [Read more...]

A few thoughts on Benedict and the next pope

The current frontrunners (l to r): Cardinal Turkson of Ghana, Cardinal Ouellet of Canada, Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria

It’s fun to speculate about who will be the next pope. But normally there’s a bit of a taboo about that because you are talking about the current pope dying. Not this time. By resigning Pope Benedict is taking the naughtiness out of that game. Here are my first thoughts about on Pope Benedict and what’s next. [Read more...]

Leading song without written lyrics

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Music That Makes Community teaches congregational song leaders how to work without hymnals, printed music or projected lyrics. I know firsthand that you’re more able to be fully present, to look around you at the other congregants; singing becomes even more communal. The next workshop is this weekend in New York. [Read more...]

Dinner — and the gospel

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My church is the subject of a fantastic article, “Dinner — and the gospel — is served, at St. Lydia’s” by Ansley Roan in Duke Divinity’s publication Faith & Leadership. Volunteer cooks arrive at the Brooklyn Zen Center around 6 p.m. on Sunday nights. A chalkboard sign, the kind that might advertise a restaurant’s nightly [Read More...]

A short video about St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn NY

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Here’s a short video about my church, St. Lydia’s, in Brooklyn, NY, where I am congregant, sometime worship leader and sometime lead cook (we make dinner every week). The video is by the wonderful and talented folks at StoryKeep, and though there’s so much more I’d like to tell you about St. Lydia’s and so much more of me I wish there was in the video :-) I think it really captures the spirit of what we do. [Read more...]


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