Zen and the Art of General Synod

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” –John 3:8 I walked the campus of Central College with the spirit of my grandmother this morning, all the while praying to God.…

In The Market For Some New Female Images

Given the state of world affairs, I can’t help but see the ways in which our biblical text and traditional interpretation support contempt for women and girls. Either we are portrayed as the beatific, saccharin sweet mother, or we are the bad girls who do not know our place. I’m particularly irritated by the polarizing…

Beautiful Are the Feet

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? It was my big brother who started me worrying about my feet. I trained as a ballerina throughout my childhood and there was a period,…

Let’s Go For a Walk

“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel  Do you think Jesus took those…

I Remember, I Believe

Following my recent sabbatical and the opportunity to connect deeply with folks I love and folks who love me, I’m reminded that faith is a group effort. Someone helped us get it, and many folks help us keep it. I remember a challenging period in college more than 25 years ago. I was in near…

King and The Priesthood of All Believers

Salman Rushdie, one of India’s best known and most successful authors, captured my imagination in his novel, Midnight’s Children. His fictional account of 1001 children born at the stroke of midnight on the day India gains her independence, posits the notion that the time we are born into says something about the person we will…

Waiting…

I am waiting for the subway, to take me to the church office. On this snowy December morning, I am waiting for springtime and sunshine to return to the earth. I am waiting, for the unemployed in my community, to get back to work. Waiting for New York City to fix our broken school system.…

Make Room

The Genesis accounts of creation provide two distinct understandings of the creative God.  The first, in chapter 1-2:4, with its orderly rhythm, suggests a creator God in complete control – a God whose artistic vision is perfectly executed with exacting detail and mastery over materials. This God manages the entire process without outside help or…