church, ministry, Scripture, spiritual

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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church, Scripture, spiritual

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

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Imma Let You Finish But: The Problem with Interrupting Mary

A few days ago writer D.L. Mayfield wrote in The Washington Post about the power of Mary's Magnificat -- and the all-too-common silencing of Mary, particularly in white evangelical environments. When it comes to the Magnificat, the song proclaimed by Mary while she was pregnant with Jesus, today's public usages of the passage often end… Continue reading Imma Let You Finish But: The Problem with Interrupting Mary

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Beautiful Trauma?

P!nk's hit song "Beautiful Trauma" hit the airwaves in fall 2017, right as I was taking a graduate course on trauma, including theoretical, clinical, and pastoral perspectives on trauma and recovery. Intrigued by the pop song's title, I've wondered ever since its release: Can trauma be beautiful? If so, how? To which my initial response… Continue reading Beautiful Trauma?