church, spiritual

Happy (Still) Easter

I know, I know. Easter blogs were supposed to happen a month ago. It's not that I procrastinated exactly (although maybe I did). It's just that it's still Easter. And that's fascinating to me. As I've settled into the relatively-new-to-me rhythms of the Episcopal tradition perhaps more than ever this year, I've noticed the continuation of… Continue reading Happy (Still) Easter

Scripture, theological

What in the World Is Eternal Life?

This was originally posted on the blog of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. I used to know someone who hated the song “Amazing Grace.” The first few verses were fine enough, he said, but then he would get to the last stanza -- the one about eternal life -- and freeze. When we’ve been there ten thousand… Continue reading What in the World Is Eternal Life?

mental health & wellness, Scripture, spiritual, theological

“Why Are You Weeping?”

Several years ago, I went to see a therapist, and she gave me a sheet full of adjectives that looked like this:  To use a word from the chart, I was baffled! It took years to realize that this wasn't a vocabulary lesson but a valuable practice. Too often we don't realize what on earth… Continue reading “Why Are You Weeping?”


The Peace That Has Been Made: What Easter Says to Self-Injury

A lot of people associate Easter time with bunnies and eggs, sunrise services and songs, a cross and an empty tomb. I have all of those associations too. But I also associate Easter time with something else: self-injury -- and the freedom from self-injury that I believe God offers through the death and resurrection of… Continue reading The Peace That Has Been Made: What Easter Says to Self-Injury

cultural issues, spiritual, stories


*class assignment to write 2 pages titled "unfood"When my writing professor changed the topic of our latest assignment from “On Loss” to “On Food” (“except, by the way, you should call your piece ‘unfood’”), I felt confused at first. “Unfood” isn’t even a word, I thought.But, as I thought, I realized: experiencing loss and not… Continue reading Unfood