arts & creativity, church, spiritual, writing

Advent 2: A Sonnet

I've barely squeezed out a sonnet for the week (2 hours before the week ends, at least in my time zone). But somehow I did it! Collect for Advent 2: Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings… Continue reading Advent 2: A Sonnet

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arts & creativity, church, spiritual, writing

Advent 1: A Sonnet

I used to write poetry. A few poems in middle school, a few more in high school, and a few semesters worth (enough to get me rather burnt-out) in college. These days, I don't write poetry, although I continue to write poetically. And as of today? Apparently I write sonnets based on collects (pronounced coll-ects… Continue reading Advent 1: A Sonnet

arts & creativity, church, Scripture, spiritual

Door of Hope: A Photo Essay

From last week's lectionary readings: "Therefore, I will now allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. From there I will give her her vineyards, and make the Valley of Achor* a door of hope. There she shall respond as in the days of her youth, as at the time… Continue reading Door of Hope: A Photo Essay

arts & creativity, spiritual

The Spiritual Discipline of Instagram Use

“Technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies.” – Sherry Turkle This Fall, I'm taking a course on "Intro to Christian Spirituality" with Dr. Lauren Winner, in which we are tasked with completing the following assignment: Technology Fast: For one week this semester, fast from cell phones and Internet-based communications technologies (e.g., email, Instagram,… Continue reading The Spiritual Discipline of Instagram Use

arts & creativity, mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual, writing

Maybe We Belong Here

"How is this real life?" I asked myself this question every day last week, while attending the Glen Workshop, which is self-described as "equal parts creative workshop, arts festival, and spiritual retreat." My question emerged from a mixture of feeling awestruck and unworthy. It's a feeling any of us might get if we happen to… Continue reading Maybe We Belong Here