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Commemorating 9/11, Commemorating Christ
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

No longer gathering together out of unvarnished need for the divine presence, some of us gather now precisely to ascribe meaning to the unfathomable through the inextricable linking of nationalism with religio ...

On 9/11 Anniversary, a Survivor Seeks a National Day of Discussion
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

As a survivor of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, I worry about how we will remember that tragic day 50, 100, even 200 years from now. I worry because our nation does a poor job of commemorating our most historic heroes and e ...

Birmingham Church Bombing Recalled with Donation, Medal
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

They were among the youngest martyrs of the civil rights movement, four young black girls — three 14-year-olds and one 11-year-old — whose deaths in a church basement horrified a nation already torn apart by s ...

Heaven's Heart
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

So this "soul" that we speak of — this part of our selves that isn't grounded in physical being but is spiritual (whatever that means) that we expect or hope will live on after our mortal coils ...

The Hometown Blues
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Jesus had the blues. He had the hometown blues. So, rejected, he fled his hometown. Then he sent his apostles out into the world proclaiming peace, healing the sick and the lame, and prepared to face the sam ...

Life in Translation
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

I have been thinking about the church of my youth. I have been remembering, if you will, as a guy who has read too much Updike (I'll never forgive him for the Rabbit books) might remember his youth. ...

Mother's Week: Queen Anne's Lace
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

I ‘d cut short the green stem of the still glorious flower-head of Queen Anne’s Lace from my Mother’s Day bouquet and placed it in water in a crystal bud vase as an object to be attended to. I hoped it would s ...

Tearing Down the Thin Veil: 20 Years After the Rodney King Riots
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

This weekend, if you can believe it, marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots that followed the verdict in the Rodney King trial that acquitted four police officers of any wrong doing. Maybe some of ...

Star Wars Memorial
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins George Lucas may have had a role in my childhood, but it's not up to him to tell my story for me. ...