Why do we love to hate Hillary?

About a year into Bill Clinton’s first term, we added an 11-year old to our family. On the way to introducing her to her new grandparents in Fresno, we saw a sign along the 99 that documented a strange new sentiment sweeping the country. The sign read, “Impeach Hillary.” It only took a year for […]

Tap into smart ways to be a better water consumer

I do not drink tap water. In fact, in the last few years I really can’t recall drinking tap water (except in the most extreme exigency) at all. We own a water cooler and have five-gallon carboys of water delivered to our house. We also have a water cooler at work. On the rare occasions […]

Ancient spiritual practices for the 21st century

Imagine this scene. Teens silently line up and wait late into the night to experience an ancient spiritual discipline: contemplative prayer. When they emerge from the prayer room an hour later, many have tears in their eyes, smiles on their faces and peace in their hearts. They have just walked a prayer labyrinth, where they […]

Liberty over security: speak out before it’s too late

I watched in horror as America was attacked on September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 moms, dads, sisters and brothers died. The world rallied around America as the images splashed across newspapers and flashed across TV screens. Support poured in from friends and foes alike. The Bush administration called for international action against al Qaeda based […]

Beyond Iraq: King’s message for today

On January 20, 1986, the first national Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday was observed. It took another 13 years for all 50 states to enact the holiday, and even today it goes unrecognized by various institutions and places of work. However, today King’s family and other members of his “beloved community” keep his dream alive […]

Episcopal debate: realignment not schism

When I was preparing for my recent wedding at the former St. James Episcopal Cathedral, I had to search through a trunk full of old documents to discover the exact date of my baptism. To my surprise, I found the yellowed bulletin from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Rockport, Massachusetts, recording my baptism on November […]

Episcopal debate: church should embrace differences

“The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” This sign is a heartwarming reminder throughout the nation of a denomination called to Gospel mission. It well represents a church that embraces people of different backgrounds and theological approaches who worship and pray together. Since we “see through a glass darkly” as humans, I hope we can continue to […]

Tolkien, humanity and war

Each year at this time I recall with joy the Christmas releases of the films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Though Tolkien “cordially disliked allegory,” there are many different ways of understanding LotR. Some see it through the filter of their desire for a black and white universe, and ignore equally prominent […]

Does history owe the innkeeper an apology?

It is a most well known story: Joseph and Mary having to travel to Bethlehem for a Roman census, and this when Mary is in the last stages of her pregnancy. They arrive in the little town, only to find that there is no room for them in the inn, and so they are quickly […]