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August 31, 2010

Shortly after passing the peace and starting the Prayer of Thanksgiving over the bread and wine, two-year-old Chris walked up to the child-size altar and said, "I want to help."

I watched and waited as Chris picked up the paten (plate) with the bread and started breaking the bread into...

August 17, 2010

Into the usual place came a surprising voice.

At a Disciples of Christ pulpit on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a rabbi preached tolerance of an Islamic center being planned near Ground Zero.

A congregation known for its commitment to justice and diversity applauded his endorsement...

August 9, 2010

Lamenting to my spiritual director one day that my prayer practice lacked the discipline I would prefer -- after all, most of Sunday school teaching stems from modeling a deepening spirituality from the inside out -- she suggested I try a short prayer, a very short prayer, a simple prayer about...

July 22, 2010

Like most votes, it was a straight yes or no. Would Albany's diocesan convention affirm the proposed Anglican Covenant or not?

We had come to this point, according to our diocesan leadership, partly because of Rowan Williams' suggestion that individual dioceses express their wishes to...

July 20, 2010

Transparency is everything now. Disconcerting for some, delightful for others. Learn to live in it. Better yet, try it. (http://twitter.com)

(That paragraph, by the way, fits the 140-character length limit of a Tweet. What's a "Tweet"? Well, read on.)

As with most things...

July 14, 2010

Basketball superstar LeBron James will be wearing a Miami Heat jersey next season, not the New York Knicks' blue and orange. OK, no big deal.

Meanwhile, the big deal here in New York was firefighters risking heat exhaustion while battling a five-alarm house fire in Queens on a 100-degree...

July 13, 2010

As a child, I loved crawling between sheets taken from the clothes line just hours before my bedtime. I would fall asleep with the smell of sunshine and the promise of summer in my nose and imagination. As an adult and owning a home in Texas, there was a clothes line in the backyard and I used...

July 7, 2010

I had a conversation recently with a fellow Episcopalian about the practice of yoga. We didn't go very far into the conversation, because he bristled at the idea of Christians practicing yoga, and I, on the other hand, am celebrating 50 years of yoga practice in 2010.

Based on other...

July 1, 2010

"Now what?" That two-word question surfaces when we have run out of options. Do everything you know to do, but the problem you face looms larger. The problem may be a malignant tumor or a broken relationship, but there is often a time when all options seem to have run out. What should we do...

June 27, 2010

We are all on pilgrimage, aren't we? Wandering, seeking, and searching for meaning. Pilgrimage is often a journey to a sacred site. Our pilgrim's heart longs to discover the deeper meaning of our soul. The pilgrim's way can be a rocky road, littered with unpleasant situations. We need these...

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