Contemporary Womanist Theologians (Part 1 of 2)

I have felt helpless in the past few weeks as I watched the #BlackLikeMe protests re-ignite our passions for equality and flourishing lives for all. I am not an activist, though I often feel guilty about not taking to the streets in solidarity with others. I stopped watching the news because the stories are being … More Contemporary Womanist Theologians (Part 1 of 2)

A Distributed Church

As I mentioned in a previous post, this week I completed a three-day online conference sponsored by Faith+Lead of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was an amazing and inspiring interactive learning experience with more than 150 participants, representing churches from across the U.S. and Canada. A second major theme of the conference was … More A Distributed Church

Learning to Pivot

I just completed a three-day online conference sponsored by Faith+Lead of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was an amazing and inspiring interactive learning experience with more than 150 participants, representing churches from across the U.S. and Canada. The theme of the first day was “Learning to Pivot.” Church leaders talked about how they … More Learning to Pivot

Sabbath Time

Until now, I have been thinking of my stay-at-home time as living in a liminal space – the space between leaving behind what no longer is and not yet knowing what is to come. While these threshold experiences are sometimes uncomfortable for me, they are not unfamiliar. After reading Norman Wirzba’s description of sabbath time … More Sabbath Time

Attentiveness

When we become more attentive, a most important result becomes possible: we begin to see the world as it more nearly is rather than as we wish it to be. To be attentive is to know that we are always already in a world that touches, feeds, and responds to us in bewildering varieties of … More Attentiveness

Hospitable Love

Understood as creation, the world is not a random accident, not is it valueless matter waiting for us to give it significance. It is, rather, the concrete expression of God’s hospitable love making room for what is not god to be and to flourish. God creates the world as the expression of divine hospitality, and … More Hospitable Love

Honesty

    A habit of honesty in speech is probably closely related to a lack of selfishness. We are simple and honest because protecting ourselves is not our primary concern. (Fr. Don Talafous, OSB, St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota)