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


Best of 2018

Top Things I'm Glad I Read: Everything Happens For a Reason (and Other Lies I've Loved) - Kate Bowler Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing Hidden Sorrow - Kenneth Doka The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability - Nancy Eiseland Christ on the Psych Ward - David Finegan-Hosey… Continue reading Best of 2018


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


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?

cultural issues, mental health & wellness

Everyone’s talking about suicide…

and I hope we know some things about how to talk about it. Seriously, the prevalence of this topic in culture, media, social media, and just my own life this week has been astounding. The passing of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain this week have been attributed to suicide. In the midst of that, a CDC… Continue reading Everyone’s talking about suicide…