A New Day–Easter Morning

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Morning breaks birdsong sounds on a world of husks The taste of death and frailty lingers And the weight of mourning the caverns of broken hearts  emerge from fitful sleep still there still here A woman, tired from the ocean of tears of goodbye and the cruelty of what unfolded finds solace in duty’s clarity and mechanically dresses herself for tending to tomb and harsh reality. She approaches and finds the stab of insult to injury The stone rolled back, the body gone. Someone took him her mind sifts through bitter scenarios and the cruel script that she has witnessed—… Read the full post

God is Not Dead. And God is Not Small Either.

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If you have seen the new movie, God is Not Dead, then you probably have strong opinions about it one way or another. In fact, all the reviews bear this out. Either people loved it and think it may just be what saves Western Civilization as we know it, or people are deeply offended by it and think it is one of the worst movies they have ever seen. This movie lives on stereotypes: the atheist academic who tried to make his entire class in his image; the Muslim father with an obvious Middle Eastern accent and appearance who beat… Read the full post

Wondering, Wandering, Witnessing

Picture taken by Wandering Home Participant, Dana.

They came from north, south, east, and west. From Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana. From families, from isolation, from margins, from mothering, from grieving, from working, from wilderness, from thresholds, and from dreams of beloved community. This circle of women who found their way to Avila Retreat Center for the first Wandering Home Retreat brought with them the kind of wisdom, yearning, and openness that can give rise to life-giving community. Throughout our time together we explored the contours of what it could mean to live into the Body of Christ–a body dis-membered by betrayal and injustice, a body instilled… Read the full post

Wandering Home: A Retreat for Women

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There are many practicing Christians today who wonder where we fit into the world of church. More and more people understand themselves as on a spiritual journey, but don’t understand institutional religion as a helpful part of that journey. Maybe you are exploring these questions in your own faith walk. Maybe you are involved in the life of a church and want to feel more resonance with its practices. This first time retreat for women may be a place you’d like to come and explore these and other questions.  There are still a few spots available for this event. Scholarships available. .

A Sojourn in Antartica

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This is an excerpt from my latest post on the Feminism and Religion blog.

Ok, so it’s not Antarctica, it’s Indiana, but it sure feels like Antarctica lately.

At least it’s what I figure Antarctica must feel like: bone chilling wind that can cause hypothermia and frost bite in a matter of minutes; everything as far as the eye can see white—sometimes no horizon, or blue sky, or any distinction between the celestial world and ours.

I am figuring in Antarctica the animals are masters of knowing how to hunker down and generate their own heat, and how to turn from the wind and be still, and how to burrow into deep snow and gear down into a suspended state until the storm passes… Read more