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Dec
19

Wonder Woman and the power of truth

Wonder Woman and the power of truth In a weird way, and one that her creator, William Moulton Marston, certainly never would have anticipated, Wonder Woman is an icon of Christian discipleship.
Dec
18

It shall not be among you

It shall not be among you To chase after the rationalized concept of leadership is already to have half-forgotten the tradition of ministry within the Church. It is to have lost touch with the Church's own culture, imagination, symbolism, and ethic. It is to view it as an outsider, as the cold analyzer,
Dec
17

A church or a faction?

A church or a faction? Next year, the Episcopal Church will elect a new Presiding Bishop. One hopes that those who permit themselves to be nominated as candidates for the office will seek a quiet corner and read about William White.
Dec
16

Do not be afraid: an Advent meditation

Do not be afraid: an Advent meditation In the narratives of Jesus’ birth, one of the most striking elements is the angelic imperative “Do not be afraid!” It sounds forth time and again like a musical refrain.
Dec
15

Advent Calendar: on a poem by Rowan Williams

Advent Calendar: on a poem by Rowan Williams Lord Williams of Oystermouth is inter alia an impressive poet and translator of poetry, and each Advent, I’ve found myself returning to one of Williams’s poems: “Advent Calendar.”
Dec
12

Getting out of the expert position

Getting out of the expert position If the therapist is to be any help, he or she must get out of the expert position and learn to tolerate uncertainty. What would it mean to put away the idol of the clergy as expert?
Dec
11

The ethics of travel

The ethics of travel I write from the road, on the latest of my long trips for the Living Church Foundation. It leads me to wonder about the proper movement of Christians on the earth.
Dec
10

The sanctification of Jeb

The sanctification of Jeb Blaise Pascal once drew an analogy between man’s relationship with dogs and God’s relationship with man. I was reminded of this one morning.
Dec
9

The maternal priesthood

The maternal priesthood There are two things that reliably make me cry: Mary and babies.
Dec
8

WelbyWatch 2: God is (still) not dead

WelbyWatch 2: God is (still) not dead A couple weeks ago, Justin Welby did it again. He insisted that he had "no fears about the future of the church of God."
Dec
5

Proverbial wisdom: why Christians can think with Murray Bowen

Proverbial wisdom: why Christians can think with Murray Bowen Parish priests find themselves thoroughly embedded in families in nearly everything they do. In my judgment, Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a way forward for parish clergy to negotiate the challenge of pastoral care and leadership.
Dec
4

A holy gluttony?

A holy gluttony? There is a holy gluttony in which we have only begun to indulge. May we remember to do so this Advent.
Dec
3

Raising Rory & raising Ruth: on Gilmore Girls

Raising Rory & raising Ruth: on Gilmore Girls Stars Hollow, CT, is a school for holiness, in which the Gilmores receive a thorough education and by their graduation day leave all devotees with proud tears in their eyes.
Dec
2

Good news in Advent

Good news in Advent Jesus came for the people who know how it feels when you say "sin."

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