I was first introduced to Joan Chittister’s The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully (BlueBridge, 2008) about seven years ago when I first moved to Florida. I remember enjoying the reflections on aging, yet I realize now that I had read them as descriptions of my mother and other women whom I considered to be … More Dreams

Back to School

This week felt like the first week of school. After a 3-month hiatus, we resumed the adult faith development programs at my church. Tuesday was “teacher preparation day”, Wednesday was the resumption of our monthly book club, and Thursday was the start of a new weekly program. (Additional programs will begin in October.) When I … More Back to School

Openness to Animals

I’m not a big fan of animals, so when I reached the chapter on “Openness to Animals” in Jay B. McDaniel’s Earth, Sky, God and Mortals: Developing an Ecological Spirituality (Wipf&Stock, 2009), I knew I was facing a challenge! I can reflect fairly easily on oneness with creation when the focus is earth, water, sky, … More Openness to Animals

Collateral Damage

As you know, I have been reading and blogging a lot this summer about the intersection of spirituality, science, ecology, and our responsibility to care for creation. This reading and writing has made me more sensitive to environmental issues in the news. Sadly, some of this news does not make national headlines and news broadcasts. … More Collateral Damage