Faith Lessons Under a Bridge in Austin

Faith Lessons Under a Bridge in Austin

A woman shared her anxiety about the death of her brother with me at a recent workshop I was leading. Her older brother had died from the COVID-19 virus before there were vaccines for it and had died because he had dangerously exposed himself to catching the virus....
Why Do I Stay in the Church?

Why Do I Stay in the Church?

How can you continue to stay in a church that played such a pivotal part in setting up and maintaining residential schools for the Indigenous people of Canada? How can you stay in a church that did that? These were the first questions I received from the audience...
Power of Beauty Cuts Through What Divides Us

Power of Beauty Cuts Through What Divides Us

“The world will be saved by beauty!” Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote that, Dorothy Day quoted it, and centuries before Jesus, Confucius made it central to his pedagogy. They were on to something. Beauty is a special language that cuts through and sidelines all the things that...
What Is Love Asking of Us Now?

What Is Love Asking of Us Now?

Anne Lamont wrote, “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” Those are words worth contemplating, on all sides of the political and religious divide today. We live in a time of bitter...
What COVID-19 Has Taught Us: We’re Vulnerable

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us: We’re Vulnerable

Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. That’s a pious axiom that doesn’t always hold up. Sometimes, the bad time comes, and we don’t learn anything. Hopefully, this present bad time, COVID-19, will teach us something and make us stronger. My hope is that...