Lori Erickson

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Lori Erickson writes about inner and outer journeys at http://www.spiritualtravels.info/.  She serves as a deacon at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City, Iowa.

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September 15, 2011

On a recent trip to the Grand Canyon, I was amused to hear a guide recount what is surely the most bone-headed prognostication ever made concerning a national park. After exploring the canyon in 1857-58, Joseph C. Ives wrote this report...

August 1, 2011

My home church in Iowa City, Iowa, will soon have an addition to its grounds: a kiosk that invites passersby to leave a prayer request in a notebook and tie a ribbon around a nearby tree as a symbol of their petition. Because our church...

July 18, 2011

Soon it will be blackberry time at our house. No, not the electronic device -- the real blackberry, as in fruit. For months the berries have been ripening in a patch just north of our house, slowing maturing from flower to fruit. Any day...

June 21, 2011

Badlands National Park in western South Dakota is one my favorite places on earth, despite the fact I've had some miserable experiences there. I've visited the park at least ten times, usually in the height of summer when the...

May 11, 2011

Sometimes a seemingly minor encounter with another religious tradition can serve as a beam of light illuminating something within one's own faith. I had that experience recently when I visited the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in...

April 14, 2011

Martin Luther and I have had a long but somewhat contentious relationship. Growing up in a Lutheran church, I memorized much of his Lutheran catechism, attended Luther League as a teenager, knew all the verses to "A Mighty Fortress Is Our...

March 21, 2011

Experienced travelers know that holy sites can often be found in unexpected places -- on the side of a busy highway, for example, or tucked into the shadows of tall skyscrapers in the middle of a city. But while I've found many such places...

February 28, 2011

When I became an Episcopalian two decades ago, one of my great pleasures was being able to be open about my love for the Virgin Mary. Growing up in another denomination, I'd been taught that while she could be trotted out at Christmas...

January 23, 2011

In the middle of downtown Louisville, Kentucky, there stands a most unusual bronze plaque. Usually such markers commemorate a battle, political figure, or some natural or historical feature, but the one on the street corner in Louisville...

December 7, 2010

Ever since author Christopher Hitchens was diagnosed with serious cancer this past summer, he's drawn nearly as much attention from Christians for his illness as he has for books like God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything...

June 30, 2005

When Alice Davison, a linguistics professor at the University of Iowa, was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, she received up-to-date medical treatments at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Iowa Hospital. At Trinity Episcopal Church in...

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