Good Question: Why Is There A Menorah On The Altar?

If anything, worshipping at a liturgical church has enhanced my gratitude for years of Jewish education and synagogue attendance. Studying the two thousand years of Jewish history pre-dating Jesus' birth has helped me appreciate the structure and content of Christian liturgy as well as the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. It has helped me understand how Confirmation could sometimes be characterized as a 'sacrament in search of a theology.' And it certainly enhances my worship experience … [Read more...]

Corporate Worship Analysis-itis

I don’t know how to go to a church service anymore.I spent a lot of time during the 1990’s writing and occasionally producing skits for church services, as well as a few full-length plays. These bits of spiritual theater were once known as “chancel dramas”. With the advent of the seeker service, they became a way for service producers to highlight conflict, questions and spiritual awakening in story form. My writing eventually led to producing church services for a mid-sized non-den … [Read more...]

At The Intersection Of Time & Eternity: Shavuot

There is one point at which the Jewish festal calendar and the Christian calendar intersect, and it is Shavuot, also known as Pentecost. This year, the Jewish people will celebrate Shavuot (shah-voo-OAT) beginning at sundown on Saturday, June 11th. You'd be right in wondering how Shavuot and Pentecost align since the Western Church celebrated Pentecost on May 15th, and the Eastern (Orthodox) Church marks the day this year on June 19th.While the dates may diverge, Shavuot is the closest … [Read more...]

When Running Away To Join The Circus Is Not An Option

When I was a kid, I was in a giant hurry to be a grown-up. The day after my birthday, I was already telling people I was almost the age I'd be on my next birthday. I think I got my driver's license on July 7th, 1975. If the DMV was open on July 4th (a Friday, and the date of my 16th birthday) or the weekend following, surely I would have gotten it three days earlier. I couldn't wait to vote, drink, sign a lease, bounce a check, and buy a major appliance.Sometimes, being an adult is pretty fu … [Read more...]

Confessions Of A Media-Protective Parent

If my memory holds and my body lasts into old age, I’m pretty sure I’ll still be able to sing all the words to Led Zeppelin’s 1971 hit, “Stairway to Heaven.” My kids, on the other hand, may have the lyrics from the CDs of Rebecca St. James and Delirious? tattooed into their long-term recall. My husband and I both grew up in non-Christian families and wanted to give our three children a different upbringing, so we home-schooled them. We watched Disney movies—which made us too liberal for some of … [Read more...]

News + Your Opportunity To Win A Gift Card

I sent the following newsletter to those on my mailing list last week. At the bottom of the newsletter, you'll find an opportunity to enter a drawing for an Amazon gift card. The deadline for entering is midnight tonight. _________________________________________________Hi friend!Thanks for taking a few moments of your valuable time to catch up with me.Time is the only non-renewable resource in our lives. Yet our over-busy schedules and always-on connection to technology whisper … [Read more...]

Review – Sensible Shoes: A Story About The Spiritual Journey

Women in their 20's and 30's understand the value of a mentor far more than women of my Boomer generation did when we were their age. For some young women, it may be an experienced businessperson who can coach them through the first years of establishing a career. For others, it may be a veteran mother who can help them navigate the bewildering choices faced by new parents. It's been my privilege to serve as a spiritual mentor to several young women along the way who were trying to figure out … [Read more...]