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January 15, 2018

The Rev. Fred Brown says he was once mad at God, but now has made his peace.

[Episcopal Diocese of West Texas] In April 1963, nearing the end of a 10-day leave from his U.S. Navy SEAL team unit stationed in the Mediterranean Sea, Lt. Fred Brown swung into...

October 31, 2011

Yifei Shen kept her conversion to Christianity and the Episcopal faith a secret from her family for months.

After a childhood practicing Buddhism in Taiwan, Shen knew her conversion would devastate her mother, a faithful follower of Buddha.

But after years as an adult searching...

September 22, 2011

This has been a long lesson in humility and hope. That it is not a story of futility and despair, I give thanks to my family, friends, coworkers and community, who have taken a devastating event and made it inspirational.

My family and I fled from our home on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 4,...

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 now my husband, Bob, will descend into the briar patch to...

June 16, 2011

In the play "Freud's Last Session," an imaginary meeting between the terminally ill Sigmund Freud and a young, vigorous C.S. Lewis occurs just before Freud's suicide in September 1939. At one point in the play, these two intellectual giants discuss their difficult relationships with their...

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 God," and graduated from Luther College. But despite...

December 2, 2010

The holiday season is upon us, a time of get-togethers featuring delicious, irresistible food. Imagine yourself attending a Christmas party this month where the host comes up to you carrying a platter of beguiling hors d'oeuvres and says, "Would you care for some stir-fried locusts or roasted...

November 23, 2009

It's almost Advent. This is a season for reflection on birth, incarnation and connection.

I now have been an Episcopalian for more than three years. I am still a "new" Episcopalian, yet I am able to look back and reflect on my "birth" as an Episcopalian.

My entrance into a...

September 7, 2009

In October 2008, Deb Cuny, 28, embarked on a journey to discern her calling. She sold her belongings, rented out her house and left her nonprofit job to travel in an Airstream trailer while working on organic farms, seeing the country and visiting dozens of churches. This fall, she begins...

August 6, 2007

High summer, and the earth’s riches abound. Full, dark green leafy trees shade the vines that obscure our white picket fence. Barren winter seems a mere thought right now.Yet, the Scripture reading offers us manna in the wilderness. Wilderness — ha! Wilderness is January and February, here up...

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