Category Archives: Religion

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,…

I Am Not the King of the Jews

Election Day is a good day to talk about relationships. I don’t mean the easy ones–you know, your very best friend who can finish your sentences, and from whom you gain infinite inspiration and encouragement. I want to talk about hard relationships. Today, I feel moved to talk about something my faith calls me to…

On Writing and the Garden of Eden

Be gladder than you normally are that you don’t live in my head. The Insane-O-Meter, the device by which I track my personal level of sanity, is trending toward “really frickin’ crazy” these days. The only level worse than “really frickin’ crazy” is “in a straight jacket and hubby get’s all the money.” Because I…

The Long Way Home–from Jesus Loves Me to Nowhere and Back Again: A Journey Worth Making?

In the beginning—the Word In the beginning, I loved Jesus and He loved me, The Bible told me so. God, however, was very male and exceedingly grouchy. The Bible was taught to me with brightly colored cut-outs on a felt board by friends and neighbors on Sunday mornings. There were cookies, vanilla with a white,…

Imagining Lent

I have what school teachers used to call “an active imagination.” A term meant to politely notify my parents that I spent too much class time in my “fantasy world” and not enough in the “real world.” And so began a cleft in my understanding of existence, of what is imaginary—magical and wondrous things you…