Best of 2019

Top Things I'm Glad I Read: Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb Love Wins by Rob Bell When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi My Bright Abyss by Christian Wiman The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward Miracles and Other Reasonable… Continue reading Best of 2019


Advent Lament

(CW: discussion of white supremacy) ~~~~~~ Shortly after I started seminary in August 2016, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. For the past 4 years, as I've studied theology and clinical social work in a dual MDiv/MSW program, my formation -- and that of my classmates -- has been inevitably, indelibly marked… Continue reading Advent Lament


Beauty Will Save the World

It's possible that I already have a blog with this same title, some years back when I was more actively artistic. It's a line from Fyodor Dostoevsky that has captivated me for years. Back in college when I studied English with a creative writing concentration or after college when I worked with Art House Dallas,… Continue reading Beauty Will Save the World

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Pentecost on the Psych Ward

A couple weeks ago, I started working as a chaplain intern in a psychiatric hospital. My Sundays suddenly look like worship in a hospital cafeteria, where 50-60 patients shuffle in and together form a shifting blend of prayers, songs, tears, laughs, and shouts, slightly different from moment to moment and week to week. There's an… Continue reading Pentecost on the Psych Ward

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To See or Not to See: A Homily on the Visitation of Mary

Offered yesterday (May 31, 2019) at the noon Eucharist at Church of the Holy Family, Chapel Hill, NC... Today we celebrate the feast of the visitation of Mary to her sister Elizabeth. So, today I wonder: What does visitation mean? In the hospitals where I have been training as a chaplain, we have visiting hours.… Continue reading To See or Not to See: A Homily on the Visitation of Mary