Selig

“If we remember that the German word for holy (selig) is the root of our word silly, we may be forced to make some pertinent connections.” — Mary Rose O’Reilly, Radical Presence: Teaching as Contemplative Practice It’s been a long, cold winter. I smile behind my wool scarf as I crunch over the snow and on down the road. It’s…

Storied Space

Our storied lives are spoken and unspoken, communal and individual, understood and mysterious, but always connected and always ongoing. Reading this first sentence back to myself, it sounds like I’m starting the story from the middle. I wanted to rewrite it but I was struck deeply with the reality: When are we not starting in the middle? No matter when…

Dear Nefoos, On Understanding Women’s Marches as Deep Spiritual Practice

Dear nefoos, Millions of people are participating in marches across the US and Canada this weekend. It’s Women’s March 2018. The aim? “The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.” (taken from Women’s March Mission Statement, website, 2018). You all may be too young right now…

Hospitality of Cold

“…I was a stranger and you invited me in” -Jesus (Matthew 25:35b). To some, this little cabin looks the pristine picture of a perfect retreat. To others, it’s a bit far out of the way of civilization. To a few friends of mine, it’s the perfect horror movie setup, and I’m clearly trying to get myself killed by a) an…

High Anthropology, Low Anthropology

I am in a season of both swirling snows and swirling conversations about atonement theories. It makes sense since I do live in north-central Alberta and we are well past due the time for seasonal snows. And it makes even more sense now during this season of my life as I’m engaging more theological circles, writers, teachers, and theologians addressing…

Dear Jean: Thoughts & Prayers of Suspicion Over Thoughts & Prayers

Dear Jean, I was distressed to learn that you suffered a heart attack last month, but was also relieved to hear of your improving health and current sabbatical. Did you sense my thoughts and prayers? Did they help? Did you need them? Did you want them? It’s not terribly courteous to question peoples’ “thoughts and prayers” these days. Scroll down…

Womb of Winter

All begins in darkness. In silence. In cold. In the beginning, there was light eventually but the Spirit hovered over the waters in darkness. While the chaos waters — tehom — raged about Her, I somehow enter the scene with the raging on mute. There’s silence. And it always feels cold. Creation feels cold to me. Light has not come…

Samhain 2017: Thoughts & Suggestions

Long ago I relinquished the fear-based religion that taught me that everything outside literal, inerrant Bible interpretations was to be avoided and branded as evil. Everything was a threat: culture, music, dancing, other religions, LGBTQ+ people. And Halloween. To be honest, I have my own reasons to abstain from 21st century North American’s Halloween: our sheer consumption of fabric, sugar,…