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November 29, 2011

Recently, a Saturday night at the theatre began in an unusual manner. Before the curtain rose, the artistic director of the established theatre company took center stage, revealing that unless they received $70,000 by the end of November, and another $170,000 by the end of December, and another...

November 27, 2011

[Episcopal News Service] I love Advent, but that was not always the case. I guess I had to grow into it. And that happened about 20 years ago when I heard a sermon at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.

Parishioners were invited to take a printed card with these words: Slow...

November 11, 2011

Editor's note: This piece first appeared online in The Huffington Post's Religion Section.

For many people of my generation who came of age through rites of passage in the 1960s, military service most often was looked upon as the least preferred life choice. Even amongst those of us who...

November 10, 2011

[Diocese of Southern Ohio] A few months before my retirement from the United States Air Force in 2002, I was waiting for a colleague at the Dayton International Airport. As I stood with others near where passengers deplane, a man came up and thanked me for my service to our country. I found...

October 28, 2011

Growing up in southern New Jersey during the 1960s, autumn was a time of crisp weather, spiced wafers, apple cider, pumpkins, the smell of burning leaves -- and the annual Halloween parade at my elementary school. When the big day came, we headed home for lunch, returning to school in our...

October 25, 2011

The latest George Clooney movie, "The Ides of March," offers food for thought.

I wanted to see it because of the political campaign story. Having covered presidential candidates as a producer for NBC News, I wanted to see how the subject was handled.

Clooney plays the...

October 20, 2011

"Stay hungry. Stay foolish." Those words could have been spoken by Jesus, but they were uttered by Steve Jobs at the Stanford University commencement in June 2005. He was citing from the final issue of The Whole Earth Catalogue, one of the bibles of his generation back in the 1960s and early '...

October 12, 2011

I live and work a block away from the tent city that has sprung up next door to Wall Street, and so I walk through the middle of their encampment several times a week. At first, I rolled my eyes along with many other passersby: the extreme and raggedly disorganized range of complaint made many...

September 21, 2011

Recently we returned from a trip to the United Kingdom, including a five-day visit to the island of Iona in western Scotland, a mecca of Celtic Christianity. At first glance, it was difficult to square our expectations with the modest village and simple landscape we found there. But soon we...

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:

"The region ... is, of course, altogether...

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