Intersecting Roads

One of my favorite stories, hands down, is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, not least because of the sense it gives me, as a reader, of being brought […]

Witness and Joy

I have discovered that tears come more easily of late. I’m not depressed or sad, though as I have confessed to you recently, and as I’m sure many of you […]

Hope in the Valley

Hope is a peculiar thing. It is often paradoxical in its ability to manifest amidst the struggles and real pain of life, often in the most hopeless of times and […]

A Call to Imagine

Are you tired this morning, Church? I’m tired. The temperatures spiked this past week from the freezer we’d been living in. Snow drifts started turning into puddles. The alley out […]

The Other Way

I rarely drive places these days. Do you remember places? I do. I recall that lovely feeling of finding my way from one place to another, the knowledge that comes […]

Investing in Justice

A few weeks ago my paternal grandmother sold the family home in rural Ohio. None of us was too sad, she sold it to my cousin, so it stays in […]

Choose Love

    This morning’s gospel lesson from Matthew gives us that famous line present in some form or another in all three of the synoptic gospels, of the two greatest […]

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

My ordained ministry began on a boat in a storm in deep grief. Days after my ordination to the transitional diaconate, and before graduating seminary, I returned home to Alaska […]

Finding God In the Dark

Year A, Proper 22 In the early 2000s, artist and musician Ben Gibbard was in a time of relative ease and success. He had, as yet, not experienced much by […]

Owing Love

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 18, Year A Owe no one anything! So says Paul today in his letter to the church in Rome, and so says the financial wisdom […]