January 7, 2008

Every now and then, someone who has happened upon our website, (Episcopal Mental Illness Network), will send us an e-mail with a request for more information or a comment. We recently received one that particularly moved us because it described so eloquently what many...

January 3, 2008

And lo, I awakened from a dream during this most blessed Christmas season.

Three Wise Men named Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), Sam Harris (The End of Faith) and Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great) traveled from afar to announce their tidings of great joy -- there is no God, no...

December 30, 2007

Once the Christmas frenzy ends we quietly collect the year's memories, review what's happened, and hope for what's ahead.

Here's my news round-up for 2007:

In Zarinkhel, Afghanistan, U.S. Army medics treated children's infections, cuts and colds, and handed out gloves and winter...

December 19, 2007

'Tis the season to be jolly, not paranoid, kids.

Whether it's retailers allegedly "taking the Christ out of Christmas" by using (the ancient Christian) "X-Mas" or the clerk at The Gap who says "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas," there always seems to be some menacing sky-is-...

December 17, 2007

Along about now, pulpits and church newsletters bristle with whining about the culture's theft of Christmas.

There's the so-called "commercialization of Christmas." The manic retail spending but hesitant church pledging. Bustling malls but empty pews. Spotlights on Santa Claus but not...

December 10, 2007

My years of practicing and teaching massage therapy have included coaching clients and students through grounding techniques, and I've emphasized to them that grounding is not just a way to get back into your body after a massage, but also for keeping your head when life gets bumpy.


November 19, 2007

My wife is a reader at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This means that she sometimes leads the people in prayer, including a prayer "for Katharine, our Presiding Bishop."

This past summer, Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan...

November 18, 2007

They're like monks of old, scribing texts on Scripture and theology, prayer and meditation, church governance and liturgics -- topics that resonate with them and their experiences of faith in the current day.


They're bloggers -- writers of Internet weblogs ("blogs," for short...

September 20, 2007

Thanks to a judge in Iowa, Christmas came early for our politicians.

The county judge struck down a state law banning same-gender marriage. Politicians rushed into that breach, condemning the judge's action or distancing themselves from it, hoping to please the religious right.


August 30, 2007

Let's talk about immigration. But first, here's a word from our sponsor, the God of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachel and Leah.

"When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the...