mental health & wellness, spiritual

“who leads me into life”

It was the day after Ash Wednesday, and I still didn't know what to give up for Lent. I sat down with a spiritual director and, as I answered her initial inquiry of "How is it with your soul?" (or something equally lovely and tender), a list of stressors started spilling forth from my mouth:… Continue reading “who leads me into life”

mental health & wellness, spiritual, stories

Heartbeat: A Travel Blog

I am very decidedly a "city person." So much so that, during seminary orientation last year, when some new friends invited me to "go exploring" with them I assumed they meant exploring downtown. Lo and behold, they meant exploring a state park. So off I went hiking. For the past 4 days, I hit the… Continue reading Heartbeat: A Travel Blog

cultural issues, ministry, theological

Life and Death Theology

Earlier this summer, I had the privilege of helping with Duke Divinity School's Summer Institute for Reconciliation, a week-long conference that brought together about 100 leaders working at intersections of faith and social justice around the U.S. and around the world. One morning, we heard remarks from a joyful gentleman named R. Simangaliso Kumato, president… Continue reading Life and Death Theology

arts & creativity, cultural issues, mental health & wellness, spiritual, theological

Choose Life: Because Christ Is "Coming My Way"

This has been a hard week for a lot of people.About 2 Fridays ago, megachurch pastor Rick Warren's son committed suicide at 27. Last Friday, author Brennan Manning passed away at 78. Monday, Boston happened. Tuesday, Virginia Tech was commemorated (perhaps especially at Virginia universities like mine). Although there's lots┬áthat I could read and lots┬áthat… Continue reading Choose Life: Because Christ Is "Coming My Way"