I’ve Worked My Spirit To Death Religiously. Now What?

 had the good pleasure of presenting a workshop during the 2015 Mid-Winter Convocation at Luther Seminary. The theme "Religious But Not Spiritual?" was designed to help Christian leaders reclaim the vibrancy and authenticity of the distinctly spiritual and religious way of...

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Poem: Living Waters

We are pails of many colors shapes and marvelous designs, searching for somethings—anythings which will fill us to the brim, sharing one unfortunate flaw: We are pails of many holes. The leaks of imperfection worsen by hurts and fears until more is lost than gained by fetching. “Pour life...

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The Secret of Pilgrimage: Landscapes and Religious Tradition

n the spring of 2014 I had the privilege of leading fifteen pilgrims—staff, Sisters, Oblates, and friends of St. Paul's Monastery—on a pilgrimage through England and Southern Wales. Together we experienced the spiritual riches of a unique region in the world. The idea...

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Reader’s Poem: Abba’s Child, The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

Jesus’ relentless tenderness invades the citadel of your self. Pause to reclaim your core identity as Abba’s child. Inner Imposter must be called out of hiding, accepted, embraced. God’s choice of you constitutes your worth. Dignity as Abba’s child— your most coherent sense of self. The denial, displacement, and repression of...

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