Sometimes I wonder if we have romanticized the idea of the wilderness, as though the wilderness was a place where things were more real, truer, more natural than what we experience day-to-day. We seek out wilderness by taking camping trips, or going for a hike. We long for it as some kind of respite from […]Read More Wilderness, Deconstructed
Tomorrow (January 17, 2016) is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. I had never heard of this Sunday observance prior to living in Michigan (2004-2007), and my first experience with it was very interesting. From the pulpit, speaker after speaker, and video after video on the screen talked about the evils of abortion, and as we […]Read More Sanctity of Whose Lives?
I saw a picture of children praying. They were kneeling down, some of them with their faces to the ground and others with their faces to the sky. The expression on each face was filled with expectation and longing. Beneath the photo, I saw a comment: “I wish religious people would stop indoctrinating their children!” […]Read More Is Teaching Kids about Faith Indoctrination?
“The reason our churches are shrinking is because church has become just one option among a sea of options on Sunday mornings.” “It used to be that everything was closed on Sundays. People didn’t have all these distractions keeping them from coming to church.” “If we want to bring in young families, we need to […]Read More The Sickness of Busyness
Last year as my husband and I were gathering our things following the Ash Wednesday service, my daughter tugged on my shirt. “Momma, will you put one on my head and say the words?” She pointed to where the ashes were kept. “Sure, sweetie.” I knelt down in front of her, dragged the tip of […]Read More Dirty Hands – an Ash Wednesday Reflection
In 2001, my college communications professor angered the class by assigning a research paper and then forbidding the use of the internet as a research tool. She told us we had to find our information…at the library. Even though many of us were juniors in college and had lived on campus for three years, I […]Read More We Don’t Even Know We’re Missing It
One of my very favorite movies has always been Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. The movie combined so many wonderful things – music, a compelling storyline, candy (what kid doesn’t love candy?), and the Buckets. And, I remember listening to the part of the movie where Gene Wilder would speak German […]Read More It Will Never Get Any Smaller – a Thanksgiving Meditation
It’s no secret that many churches have dwindled in size. Prominent churches and pastors are embroiled in controversy. Not a week goes by that I don’t have someone tell me that they’ve left organized religion or that they’ve walked away from Christianity altogether. There’s so much pain, so much dysfunction, so many issues. As I […]Read More The Church Is Hopeless
We all follow a liturgy. I know that sounds strange, but I believe it to be true. When I was in college, I remember people asking me if I attended a liturgical church. Liturgical was supposed to be a code word for “boring,” or “the pastor wears a robe,” or “they read all their words […]Read More Life’s Frantic Liturgy
When God created Adam, God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper as a partner” (Genesis 2:18, NRSV). And ever since this profound declaration, we have struggled to understand what it means. Countless articles and books have been written in an attempt to understand what the […]Read More Are Men and Women Enemies?