Is a Social Network a Spiritual Network?

Social Network

As Oscar night approaches one of the questions that has kept coming back to me is this: “Is a social network a spiritual network?”The answer is not a simple one and perhaps it isn’t a question that has an answer that will work for all time.  Like so many other generational changes and shifts in technology it could be argued that we will only understand the implications of social networks over time.  Already, for example, we have seen the implications of the technology for political interac … [Read more...]

Once-Now-and-Forever

oncenowforever

One of the prevailing problems for all of us spiritually is that our experiences define and delimit our understanding of the spiritual life.  We close ourselves off to the language and experiences of the journey based on a single experience --- be it positive or negative --- and that becomes the once-now-and-forever way in which we see some dimension of the journey.A supportive church defines the place of Christian communityAn experience of the church as harsh and judging yields a very … [Read more...]

Take your gift and say thanks

Gratitude

For many across the United States the winter of 2011 has been filled with surprises.  Falling temperatures, snow, and ice have pummeled nearly every part of the country.  Here in Dallas the weather plunged from highs in the seventies to lows in the teens with ice and then snow.We complained about the uncharacteristically warm temperatures.  Then after days on end of ice and snow, others groused, “It’s beautiful, but enough.”When I was tempted to join the chorus, I thought, “Take your gift and … [Read more...]

Sallyland Fundamentalists

fundamentalism

During the time that I spent in Jerusalem, St. Catherine’s Monastery was a regular destination for the classes that I taught.  We took a chartered bus to Sharm el Shekh, crossed through the border control, and on the other side met Bedouin who drove us across the trackless expanse to the southern tip of the Sinai Desert.  There we visited the monastery; climbed Mount Sinai at three in the morning; and celebrated Eucharist on the way back down.  The return trip to Jerusalem, like the one on our wa … [Read more...]


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