Category Archives: Christianity

What if we gave up the guilt?

Yesterday we at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleighwere treated to the final lecture in a series of discussions about incarnational theology.  Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop, http://marciamountshoop.com/, has beautifully served as our summer theologian in residence for the past month and I am sad to see her go.  Maybe a little more so because she,…

Christian Meditation: A Call for the Church to Come Home to its Roots

Mindfulness.  Meditation.  Stillness.  Say these words in a room full of Christians and the reactions are not likely to be (a) warm, (b) fuzzy, or (c) welcoming.  To many Christians—tolerant mainline Protestant Christians even— these words inch awfully close to the line.  What line?  You know the line.  The line between what’s Christian and what…

Blue Jean Jesus in a Graceless Place: Making the Medium Meet the Message

I love Jesus.  I really do.  But he’s neither my boyfriend nor my executioner, and so I am leery of the bait and switch theology in many of the ubiquitous former Piggly-Wiggly-grocery-store-turned-churches across the American South.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  Rows of rich, white people in $100 jeans, drinking $5 coffee concoctions,…

Anne Lamott: Me Too, Anne, Me Too

You know, how when you’re in the presence of a truly “awake” person, someone who really gets life, you feel very calm and safe? Its as if your heart slows down just a little and your hands warm. That’s what I felt like last night when I went to hear Anne Lamott talk about her…

Bombs and Butterflies

I’ve tried on a few religions in my day. And from each, I have kept something, a golden thread of truth, a piece of the divine, and woven it into my spirit. One of Buddhism’s greatest illuminations is the reality of interconnectedness—the idea that all of humanity is interconnected, that we, each of us, is…

The Lazy Christian Gets To Work

As most of you know, things at this Gal’s house have been a bit hectic lately.  I haven’t felt much like blogging.  Rachel, over at the Lazy Christian volunteered to do this WONDERFUL guest post for me.  Not only did I get a cool post, I learned that we both dig on some Buffy the Vampire Slayer! I’m terrible…

Why adopt? No-matter-what-love

I have been thinking about family a great deal lately. I wasn’t yet blogging when hubby and I went through our little slice of hell trying to build our family. Some of you were spared the gory details of the “how” of our family building— the ins and outs of infertility treatments and failed pregnancies….