News: Noticing Things

An encouragement? No, a command.

  Approx. read time: 1:45 min. I receive emails, have conversations, about one a day, from folks who are distraught with “how things are.” And the words of the Teacher keep coming to mind: DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED.  These are not the consoling words of a mother to a child. These are… Read more »

It’s time for a better theology

  Approx. read time: 1:30 min. Frankly? I’m tired of the which-side-are-you-on wars. Whether the wars are political, military, cultural, ideological, or just bad blood between siblings, neighbors, coworkers, or former spouses, these endless battles exhaust the life out of everything. Pitting one side against the other flattens the conversation, dulls the imagination, and cedes… Read more »

Let go “war mind,” put on “the mind of Christ”

  Approx. read time: 1:20 min. I read in today’s New York Times morning newsletter that “Help is on the way.” That would be U.S. funding for a fresh round of armaments in support of Ukraine’s protracted battle against Russia. Meeting firepower with firepower does not end war. Only humility and courage—the excruciating pivot—can end… Read more »

My letter to the U.S. Catholic Bishops

  Approx. read time: 0:55 sec. On this Holy Saturday I come to the USCCB website to find some statement of resistance to U.S. active political, financial, and material participation in genocide of the Palestinian people in Gaza. Your silence betrays a theology of Jesus’ sacrificial Love and Resurrection. Your silence is a cowardice, a… Read more »

On the night before he died …

  Approx. read time: 2:15 min. From my bus window I take in a sweeping view of the verdant Willamette Valley—wheat fields, vineyards, the sheep—as I travel to be with family. I have nearly two hours to do nothing but be present to this freedom of unstructured time. So I find myself recalling the words… Read more »

Ten years of carfree living!

  Approx. read time: 2:10 min. Ten years ago this week I bid adieu to my beloved Bijou. I watch, with mixed emotions, as she’s strapped to the back of Froggy’s Towing Truck. And I’ve never looked back. Not only have I never looked back, but I’ve fallen forward into new ways of being in… Read more »

To Love As GOD Loves

  Approx. read time: 1:40 min. Looming large on my calendar is the start of Lent, a season that looms large on the soul. I think I should prepare, establish a rhythm or some practice to give me entry into this time of reflection and conversion of heart. And a phrase comes to me, which… Read more »

Enough, already: My letter to President Biden

  Approx. read time: 1.5 min Dear President Biden: The people of Gaza have endured over 100 days of ongoing genocide, with named victims exceeding 25,000. Over ten thousand children have been wantonly sacrificed, and those who survive undergo surgeries without anesthesia. Pregnant women lack necessary safety and support as they give birth. Gazan civilians… Read more »

Light in Darkness: An Advent meditation

Light in Darkness presented at Oregon Interfaith Hub’s Interfaith Winter Service, December 5, 2023 Approx. read time: 1:30 min. Winter comes. Days grow short. Sunlight is precious, and fleeting. The dormancy within mirrors the dormancy of Creation. For Christians, this is the season of Advent, a season of invitation to come close, to approach, to… Read more »

Wake up—from the sleep of inhumanity

  Approx. read time: 1:00 min. “Wake up!” Jesus says repeatedly, of the socially and politically fraught times he lived in.  “Be constantly on the watch!” he urges. “Stay awake!” If we’re paying attention, these words are the cue for this Advent season. But in our times, we resist being woke. There’s always a reason… Read more »

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