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Good Friday: How Deep the Father's Love Is For Us
Originally Posted: 03/29/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

If anything we think we knew about God before Jesus arrives in Mary's womb contradicts what we see and hear of Jesus in the Gospels, then we are the ones who are mistaken. ...

On Scripture: How Long Does Darkness Last?
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of the world, we should all be feminists. And given what we know about the role of independent, empowered women in the community of disciples, for the sake world, we might be “Christians.” ...

Just Leave Me Alone!
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

The difference between logical necessities or physical necessities and vital necessities is made clear in that in the latter we have the possibility of refusing ‘to turn away from a disaster’ – we can in fact ...

Preparing the Way: Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 6:47pm | Type: Blog

We have become a nation that loves to “other” people. We point out their differences as reasons they cannot be trusted, as evidence that they take too much from the rest of us or threaten our well-being. ...

Sermon: Knowing Our Own Minds
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

This is the trouble about knowing our own minds. It's not the same thing as having a thesis with a well constructed argument. And it's not the same thing as being right. ...

A Lenten Reflection on 'The Least of These'
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 7:49am | Type: Blog

When you hear the term mental illness, what is your honest, initial, gut reaction? For many, the initial response to mental illnesses is fear. As a seminary graduate and a Masters ...

After Giving Up Religion, Atheists Try Giving Up Something Else for Lent
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 6:18pm | Type: Blog

What would an “atheist Lent” look like? A group of young nonbelievers are finding out, observing the Christian practice minus its religious context. What would an “atheist Lent” l ...

At the River We Stand
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Baptism means we are imprinted on Christ. FROM THE RIVER to the rope. From the creek to the ...

... And Every Tongue Confess
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

I like to remind my community of believers from time to time why we do what we do. I have long felt the risk of liturgy is that it becomes rote narration, a thoughtless speechifying of sorts. So that this migh ...

The Juxtaposition of Death and Life, or Church on a Bike
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

All around us, death and life, life and death. Pitch black darkness, confusion, pain, redemption, hope, joy, life, and healing hover around us and within us each day and it’s rarely a smooth, seamless process. ...

From Lent To Love: From Your Friendly Neighborhood Troubadour
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

If you read the text as a propositional description of God, it can be a rather disturbing image as God keens agonizingly one minute, and rages menacingly the next. It is almost a frightening glimpse of someon ...

Waiting for God in the Dark Night of the Soul: On Peter Rollins' Atheism for Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

I love Peter Rollins' honesty about his dark night of the soul. He's popularized a term for the intellectual position accompanying the dark night of the soul: a/theism. I interpret Peter's thoug ...

A Lenten Commitment to Give Up the Fear of Failure
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

What if we, as a Lenten discipline, make a commitment to give up the fear of failure — for such fears are too often personally devastating and publicly debilitating if left ignored or unresolved? ...

The Art of Slowing Down (And The Wisdom of Louis Armstrong)
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

This world. It’s so beautiful. And every day, we have the opportunity to relish it. How many days are spent checking off to-do-list items on the backs of receipts? Why do we think we’re so busy all the time? W ...

'Memento Mori' and Living Today to the Fullest
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

The Memento mori ("remember you will die") of Ash Wednesday and of a Holy Lent is not a macabre, dark, or morbid reminder. It is our wake up call to live fully in the moment, to live *today* to its f ...

40 Ways to Live Simply for 40 Days of Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Use this Lenten season as a time to grow closer to God and simplify your life. Try a new suggestion from this list each day and experience the stronger relationships and calmer pace of an (almost) Amish lifest ...

The Only Way Out is Through (A Lenten Reflection)
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

How about we all just agree to skip Lent this year and just get back together on Easter, okay? A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! -Joel ...

Ashes and Hope
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

Lent is a time when we try to identify with our own weakness, so since we are about to start the Church’s penitent season, it was shocking to read Virgilio Elizondo’s account of how a people generally consider ...

A Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors This pledge, which draws on one used by Mahatma Gandhi's independence campaign in India, was used in the U.S. civil righ ...

The Scales of Rejoicing
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C "THIS IS THE LORD'S DOING; it is marv ...

Faith to the Utmost
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 5:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ronald Osborn Today many people identify as "spiritual but not religious." Before it was trendy, Oswald Chambers, the man behin ...

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Bathanti Hemorrhaging from the concertina / crown, brass knuckles, scourging, cigarette burns, / lurching the last meter of Golgot ...

Finding God in the Depths of Silence
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Rohr Real interior silence, not just the absence of noise, is a foundational spiritual discipline. So why are we so resistant to ...

What Happens When the 'See of Peter' is Vacant?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

If you live in the post-Modern, post-Christendom uber-hip world, you might not understand the full weight of this morning's announcement. A pope hasn't "resigned" in 600 years. ...

Fasting Like an Old Testament Prophet Gains Followers During Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

During Lent, which starts Feb. 13, the 40-year-old mother of two keeps a type of Daniel Fast, which involves eating only food from seeds (vegetables, fruits, unleavened grains), drinking only water and practic ...

Risking Depth and Passion
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C "EVEN IF I OWNED Picasso's &# ...

Into the Dark Woods
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 3:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger As the human soul matures, we are confronted with moments that force us to let go of yet another thin veil of self-delu ...

Into the Dark Woods
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 1:01pm | Type: SojoMail

April 5, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Our only hope today lies in ...

Elijah at the Table: Pascha and Passover
Originally Posted: 03/29/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

“Easter? Isn’t that over ?” I’m already gearing up to hear this, just as I launch into trying to trying to actually make something spiritually of Lent’s remaining weeks, after my feeble efforts, while also anticipating the Feast of Feasts that aw ...

Songs for the Lenten Journey
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

Music to aide contemplation as we head into the fifth week of Lent and Holy Week… I discovered Songs for Lent last year on Noise Trade – the site that trades music for promotion, and maybe a small donation — and I think it’s one of ...

Saints Compete for Top Ranking in 'Lent Madness'
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

For three years running, "Lent Madness" has taken to the Internet as a competition between Episcopal saints in a single-elimination bracket tournament resembling the one followed by March Madness fan ...

Doing Nothing For Lent
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:29pm | Type: SojoMail

March 8, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "She is wondering if sh ...

Doing Nothing for Lent
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

What struck me most indelibly is how at ease — content, yes, but more than that — Peterson is in his own skin. Fully present. Mellow but absolutely alert, energized, fascinated by the world and the people arou ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America; The Amish; Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spiri ...

The Foolishness and Weakness of God
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B In this Lenten season we ask what is truly tran ...

40 Ideas for Keeping Lent Holy
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

40 Ideas for Keeping a Holy Lent from House for All Sinners and Saints church in Colorado, that God's Politics contributor Nadia Bolz-Weber serves. 40 Ideas for Keeping a H ...

Why Ash Wednesday Belongs Out of the Church and Out on the Streets
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

We are going into public with our ashes because Jesus died in public. He didn’t die in the Upper Room surrounded only by his disciples. DURHAM, N.C. -- There is something decide ...

On Ash Wednesday, Episcopalians Take it to the Streets
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

This year, at least 49 Episcopal parishes across 12 states will offer ashes to passersby at train stations, bus stops and college campuses on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22) as Danieley's "Ashes to Go" ...

Lent in College: A Time for Wrestling
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Press

February 21, 2012 Sojo in the News Anne Marie Roderick ...

Fat Tuesday and Skinny Wednesday
Originally Posted: 02/21/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

In a world filled with clutter, noise, and hustle, Lent is a good excuse to step back and rethink how we think and live.In a world of instant gratification, it’s a chance to practice delayed gratification. ...

Lent (or Why I Need a Break from the 'Like' Button)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

If our default is to ask life’s big questions on Twitter before we offer them in prayer, then someone other than God is in control. If we "Like" what someone is doing on Facebook before we recognize ...

A New Hymn for Ash Wednesday
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 7:45am | Type: Blog

This coming Wednesday, Febr. 22, is Ash Wednesday. The following new hymn is based on the Revised Common Lectionary’s assigned reading of Isaiah 58:1-12 with its social justice themes. ...

Why We Fast
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

In February of 2009, when I tried a month-long Ramadan fast for the book Flunking Sainthood, I felt like a failure for most of the month. In February of 2009, when I tried a month ...

Randall Balmer answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Blog

The puzzle here is not that readers of the Bible would tilt toward the political left. That, for me, as well as for thousands of other American evangelicals, is self-evident. ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...

One Dress Protest: How I Found Freedom in Prison
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never been arrested before, it feels strange to write that. Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never be ...

An Interview With Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Nadia Bolz-Weber likes to have both tradition and innovation happening at the same time in House for All Sinners and Saints, a mission church she founded in Denver, Colorado, that's part of the Evan ...

Hurricanes and Spoiled Romance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When our ideas about nature come primarily from Sierra Club calendars or selected snippets from Thoreau, an east coast earthquake and monster hurricane (in the same week) are powerful wake-up calls. ...

Alabama Clergy Sue to Stop Anti-Immigrant Law
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Alabama legislature passed their infamous, anti-immigrant law (HB 56), the religious community in the state immediately cried foul. When the Alabama legislature passed th ...

Where Has All the Sanity Gone?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Where has all the sanity gone? I, for one, never expected in my wildest dreams to pine for the days of Ronald Reagan. But I'm there. Where has all the sanity gone? I, for ...