The structure that lets us grow

The royal wedding is finally old news. All the extravagance of the ceremony and the sermon by the black bishop from the United States – these have, at long last, disappeared from the news feed. The...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 2 hours ago | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

What became of the virtue of civility?

Civil discourse these days is less and less civil. This is not news. For those of us who are “of an age,” we have something with which to compare how our society is currently functioning. We...

DATE: May 15, 2018 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

At the U.N., shame in the U.S.

The whole world was there! Well, maybe not the whole world numerically, and maybe not the whole world even representationally, but it felt like the whole world was there. Last month, I had the...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Hope will rise when we quiet our minds

You might be surprised to learn that Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is not an optimist. Neither is his great friend and conversation partner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, also...

DATE: March 14, 2018 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Does dogma sometimes silence you? Me too

In the light of Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, and the rising movement of women who are speaking the truth of their lives, what can the Bible, a 2,000-year-old document, possibly have to say to women...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2018 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

A place of eternal torment? Never

I recently had a conversation with a woman that broke my heart. Let’s call her Ann. Ann is intelligent, inquisitive, and has a syndrome that leaves it difficult to tell by her behavior what her age...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2018 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Being decisive has its drawbacks

Recently a friend sent me a link to an episode of John Lienhard’s radio program “Engines of Our Ingenuity” on which he addressed the topic of decisiveness. While Lienhard is an engineer, his...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Change our story, change the world

I doubt that there are many folks who wouldn’t agree that our world could benefit from some change. Not everyone would agree, however, what that change should look like. As a society, we have...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Into the still of night

I pulled into the parking lot and turned off the engine. It wasn’t that much earlier than I usually arrive at church on Sunday mornings, but I was struck by how it was still night. Dark. Quiet....

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

That fine line between folly and forgiveness

Maya Angelou once said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”This quote has recently resurfaced in social media in response to the overt racism in Charlottesville last...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

To every thing, a season?

There are things in this world that best ought not be hurried. Many of them lie within the purview of women – birth, the rising of bread, a holy death among them. Of course, any of these can be...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

We live by story, choose how we live

Not every religion has a sacred text. Among those that do, I’ve been pondering what their role might be in our 21st century world – a world of pluralism, science and technology and rapid global...

DATE: July 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

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