An Offering Instead of a Gift

Most people consider themselves unworthy. They may not admit this to themselves. They may never say it out loud, or even know they feel this way. But when it comes to the opportunity to receive, they put up their hands, they turn away, they back out. Because for so long, we’ve only been taught what it’s like to take. Doesn’t the Catholic mass, in preparation for breaking bread and joining […]

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The Bible Is Confusing

“O, be some other name! What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” –Juliet, Romeo and Juliet¬† I have fallen in love with Scripture. Fallen deeply, deeply in love. It is as though nothing else will do. (Other things do do, however. I love poetry, and anything by Rilke. I just bought a book on Native American medicine and […]

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FirstDay Sermon: Love Is Not a Numbers Game. Life Is Not a Matter of Numbers.

“For if we think of this existence of the individual as a larger or smaller room, it appears evident that most people learn to know only a corner of their room.” –Rainer Maria Rilke This past week, I was preparing to teach one of my college classes in which students read academic articles about culture and then respond by writing analytical essays. (Wow, that sounds boring.) Our particular focus is […]

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Happiness Is Possible

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” –Henry David Thoreau “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. Always be clothed in [red], and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your [lover] all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days.” –Ecclesiastes 7-10¬† I […]

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Jeremiah, the Transgender Prophet

  How did I get here? How does a feisty south Jersey girl, an academically-minded English teacher and divorced mom of three, start reading the Bible and writing about God and Christianity and confessing she fell in love with Jesus? Dear God, what the hell happened? A lot. What felt like too much, at times. It took losing nearly everything that mattered to me, a completely shattered vision of my […]

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