A Short Course in Suffering

By Daniel Martins  Susanne, my late mother-in-law, was a devout believer. Raised in a strict Anabaptist faith community, she left that tradition as a young adult over what she thought was an excessive legali... Read More...

 On Doubt and Belief

By Jordan Hillebert The Church is not always great at dealing with doubt. We tend to swing between two extremes. On the one hand, there are some in the Church who are threatened by the slightest whiff of ... Read More...

Fisherman

By Chip Prehn In Memoriam Stevens Heckscher 1930-2020 I write to honor a great man and praise God for what this man gave to so many for so long. He only taught me how to fly fish, but he also taught many others how to love and serve God, appreciate and car... Read More...

Questions Only the Church Can Ask

By David Barr Michael Polanyi famously pointed out in the 1950s that the subjectivity of scientific research occurs precisely in the way it is conducted by people. People will always pursue research from a f... Read More...

Not Ashamed at the Gates

By Sam Keyes   Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant, * even so are the young children. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; * they shall not be ashamed when they speak with the... Read More...

The Illusion of “The Present Moment”

By Ronald A. Wells This essay is a reflection on what some have called “the sacrament of the present moment.” It is in two parts, from experiences a decade apart. It is written by a historian, not a theologian. Scene One: A Retreat in North Carolina My me... Read More...

God’s Hiddenness and a Miscarriage

By Tyler Been Two days after Easter, my wife and I found out that our expected child was dead. She should have been twelve weeks along in the womb, but she measured at eight weeks, and there was no heartbeat... Read More...

The Way of Love: Rest

By Garwood P. Anderson “Come, Labor On.” Most Episcopalians will know that hymn, #542 in our 1982 Hymnal, to the tune of Ora Labora (Pray Work). It’s not my favorite, probably because I have for so long iden... Read More...