Faithful responses to work, family, and everyday life
Anthony C. Yu died this spring. I am still discovering the profound influence this teacher had on me.
After I gave a talk for the 70th anniversary of Bonhoeffer's death, I got a letter saying he's been drained of meaning. Here's what I replied.
All I remember from The Magic Stones is the image of a young man, some stones and blocks, and an experiment revealing the most perfect shape.
The mainline has long congratulated itself for being prophetic because it's good at voting for progressive agendas. But change happens at the local level.
In To the Lighthouse, two people who don't get along find themselves looking at a bowl of fruit. "Looking together," writes Woolf, "united them."
Be humble. Think of the imagination of God that brought creation into being; there could have been nothing.
This year, the Ascension coincides with Lailat al-Mi‘rāj. With both Christians and Muslims looking up, perhaps we can spare a sidelong glance.
There is much hand-wringing about the future of theological education. Yet graduates still follow the Spirit's call into some form of ministry.
Azra Akšamija and Jo Murphy make art that points to things made invisible by fear—both our own fear and our society's.
Perhaps it's only when we let go of who and what our loved one was that we can receive who they are now.
I've never knowingly visited purgatory or fairy land, but I have set foot in a few small places that, once entered, prove to be larger.
Stephanie Paulsell teaches at Harvard Divinity School.
Carol Zaleski is professor of world religions at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Samuel Wells is the vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and author of Learning to Dream Again.
M. Craig Barnes is president of Princeton Theological Seminary and author of The Pastor as Minor Poet.
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