Lent’s Labor: Practicing Silence – Part 3

Lent’s Labor: Practicing Silence – Part 3

Opportunities for love’s bond begins close at hand as paths cross in ordinary circumstances: within families (among the most severe testing ground), workplaces, classrooms, churches. A close encounter could lead to dramatic outcomes. Those faithful in large things...
Lent’s Labor: Searching Darkness – Part 2

Lent’s Labor: Searching Darkness – Part 2

Scripture has a pronounced bias favoring “light” and opposing “darkness.” But there’s a minority report as well, where the Holy One is encountered in darkness. Through the prophet Isaiah, God proclaims: “I will give you the treasures of darkness … that you may know...
Lent’s Labor: Making Space – Part 1

Lent’s Labor: Making Space – Part 1

The traditional emphases of Lent — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — are intensely personal but never merely private. Heyr himna smiður (“Hear, Heavenly Creator”), a 12th century Icelandic poem, states: “Listen, smith [artisan] of the heavens, what the poet asks. / May...
Whites Don’t Get to Define Christianity for Others

Whites Don’t Get to Define Christianity for Others

“By some amazing but vastly creative spiritual insight the slave undertook the redemption of a religion that the master had profaned in his midst.” That insightful quote by Howard Thurman popped up again recently in Jennifer Butler’s new book, Who Stole My Bible? It...