spirituality and faith

Saying Yes to Your Life

Do you know how to let go? I certainly didn’t, for a long time. I grasped on to everything tightly, like a kid gripping her bicycle’s handlebars. I thought that would keep me in control. Nothing would fail. Things wouldn’t go wrong, because I wouldn’t let them. Isn’t this cute? It reminds me of a boyfriend I had once who, when I told him that the relationship wasn’t working, declared, […]

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God Is Not a Game You Win

“Oh, life. It’s bigger. Is bigger than you, and you are not me.” –R.E.M., “Losing My Religion”  “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” –Hamlet   I met a man once who said he was an atheist, but that if anything were to happen to one of his kids, he knew he’d immediately pray. He also spent his Thanksgiving volunteering at […]

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Living the Questions

You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can, dear sir, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to […]

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Battling Hate with Love

We are all really vulnerable. We don’t want to believe that. We want to think we’re more powerful than we are, that we are in control of our lives. And sometimes, we are. Sometimes, life goes well. The babies are born on time, the grocery bill is cheap, the parking spot opens up just as we pull in. But other times, we recognize that someone can move into a space […]

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First Day Sermon: Losing the Ego

From the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Page 17-18: Peter [said]: “How is it possible that the Teacher talked in this manner with a woman about secrets of which we ourselves are ignorant? Must we change our customs, and listen to this woman? Did he really choose her, and prefer her to us?” Then Mary wept, and answered him: “My brother Peter, what can you be thinking? Do you believe that […]

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Mental Health vs. Spiritual Awareness

I think people are very confused about what it means to be mentally healthy in this country. We have an epidemic of anxiety and depression, and we don’t know how to fix it. Women, particularly, seem to be suffering, and we don’t know what to do for them. I think one solution may be to reconfigure our understanding of God. Because our culture is sick. There is a darkness that […]

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Sense and Essence Podcast, Episode 3: Forgiveness and Compassion

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” –Alexander Pope Forgiveness is like lighting a candle in the dark. It is the ability to see the world from another’s standpoint, even when that person has hurt you, and even when you don’t agree with that person’s point of view. Here, Dan Staub and Jana Llewellyn discuss the difficulty of forgiveness, what it means, and whether it is necessary to leading a […]

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