Our ancient foe

Today is the third day of Lent. In the religious world of my upbringing, Satan was understood to be a real being. If you could get coordinates and had the ability to travel through space...

I still care about stuff

Thursday, March 1st. The 9th day of Lent. A day after I wrote that thing about compassion fatigue, a young minister friend contacted me. He is not long out of seminary and serving for the...

I stole a pen

Saturday, March 24th. The 32nd day of Lent. I stole a pen recently without realizing it, so delighted was I by the way it felt in my hand, that it seemed as if it ought...

All these mindful things

Today is the second day of Lent. I sat alone a few rows from the front last night at Saint Francis with ashes on my forehead, still uncertain of what this year's lenten discipline would...

Sunday Means Softball. With the Episcopalians.

Friday, March 23rd. The 31st day of Lent. It's a fascinating thing to try and make your way into the culture of a church. For years I watched this from the inside. Because who is...

Rediscovering myself

Friday, March 16th. The 24th day of Lent. What an amazing thing this Lenten writing discipline has been for me. The story so far: Depressed and desperate, I launch my anonymous Salon blog in December of 2002....

A life of service

Today is the fifth day of Lent. The following is an account of a dream I had on Saturday night, March 8th. It was the night before my first sermon in four years. Any comment...

The Way of Wandering

Tuesday, February 28th. The 7th day of Lent. This post is a follow up to some things I wrote about on Saturday. If the mythic framework of your childhood world no longer satisfies, you can hit...

There’s a new voice coming

Tuesday, March 20th. The 28th day of Lent. Of course, one of the dangers of writing from the unconscious and writing every night without much time to edit yourself is that everyone can see your...

On the giving and receiving of kindness

Today is the first day of Lent. An act of kindness given from one person to another has its effect on the giver and the receiver independent of each other. If a kind act is offered...