Saying Goodbye

A few years ago, a member of my congregation with a background in science asked me why, in his words, “so many people insist that there’s some kind of life after death?” I don’t think he was prepared for my response, which was to say that it’s because there is. I believe that that death [Read More...]

Improv to Improve

I recently participated in a church board of trustees’ retreat in which a congregant, Travis Ploeger, lead us in some improv exercises in the style of his work with the Washington Improv Theater. It was challenging and fun to be a part of a group stepping a little out of its collective comfort zone (no [Read More...]

What Really Matters

I recently conducted a memorial service for a young woman who had taken her own life. She left behind a loving husband and her five year old daughter, as well as her mother and siblings. It was, in every sense of the word, a tragedy. I had only met this woman briefly on a few [Read More...]

“I didn’t say it was fair, I said it was the law.”

I asked my ex, my partner of almost twenty years from whom I separated three years ago, the co-parent of a teenaged kid, to attend a $14 community education session with me and update our wills. We had spent thousands of dollars asserting, in two different states, that we were in fact related to one [Read More...]

Human Kindness

Imagine this: The day is hot and the line at the gas station is long. After all, it’s the least expensive gas in town. I pull in behind a tan Toyota, tired and dusty – ready to fill up my gas tank and make my way home. Only the Toyota isn’t moving. The Toyota and [Read More...]

A Personal Relationship with God

The aspect of my personal faith that seems to bring about the most confusion in friends and colleagues is that I believe I have a deep and abiding personal relationship with a God that is incapable of knowing that I even exist. I find that the confusion about this theological point rests not only with [Read More...]

A Case For Religion

A growing number of people in the United States define themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” Study after demographic study shows that this segment of our population is rising steadily, as people growing up in a pluralistic society reject the rigid dogma that they associate with “religion.” Maybe you’re someone who has claimed this title [Read More...]

Making Room for Silence

In his poem “Keeping Quiet” Pablo Neruda begins with this: Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. For once on the face of the earth, let’s not speak in any language; let’s stop for one second, and not move our arms so much. It would be an exotic moment without [Read More...]

Safe Harbor

Press power on the remote control, television on and every moment of viewing we are confronted with images that shame us into wanting to reject parts of our being turn our bodies and ourselves into slimmer, younger, lighter, leaner smarter, whiter, wealthier, straighter versions of our selves. Magazines tell us what not to wear along [Read More...]

Holy Curiosity

In the story of the Little Prince, there is a compelling scene in which he arrives on a new planet and encounters a businessman.   We know it’s a businessman because he is counting he is too busy counting to lift his head in response to the Little Prince’s greeting. He is behind his desk [Read More...]


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