Spiritual Growth


September 7, 2011

By: Bishop James "Jay" Magness

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

As the senior military chaplain for U.S. Joint Forces Command, I was in Arlington, Virginia, with my colleagues for an annual meeting of the senior Armed Forces chaplains assigned to the command...

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 stands next to a well-traveled sidewalk, we hope that the...

July 21, 2011

It was nearly a decade ago when we, as citizens of this country, made a fateful decision. The decision was to tell ourselves that fear offers a clearer, more reliable sense of reality than joy. We made this decision by an act of consent. There was no real debate or reflection on what we were...

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 Chicago.

The institute's striking, post-modern...

April 21, 2010

Participants in the last sessions of the Preaching Jesus conference here were called to, in the words of 25th Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, "preach the word but also let the word accost you and break you open."

Preaching Jesus, believed to be the first-ever national Episcopal Church...

April 19, 2010

Two preachers from different generations called participants in the Preaching Jesus conference here to consider the profound effects that preaching can and should have on them and on their listeners.

Lauren Winner, an assistant professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School...

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 17, 2009

Michael Malone mainly writes big, fat books. That's the good news.

There is no bad news.

Malone has written two works of nonfiction, a short story collection, a series of mysteries and eight novels. Granted, some are slim and trim, like Red Clay, Blue Cadillac, collected short...

September 14, 2009

An image gallery accompanying this article is available here. A Quiet Garden is both place and program. These tranquil spots for solitary refreshment offer opportunities for learning and praying in community. Located at churches, private homes and retreat centers, each Quiet Garden reflects...

June 29, 2009

Jeff Martin, also known as "Jeff the Blond Curly-Haired Magician" had a flattened soda can in the palm of one hand, and the congregation at Grace Episcopal Church in Moreno Valley, California, in the other.

"What can you do with an empty, crushed can?" Martin called out to about 80...


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