Faithful responses to work, family, and everyday life
Sometimes it feels like a thick mist has descended on us, distorting communication. But then a face shines through the mist and dispels it.
The request hadn't even made the committee chair's checklist. It never does; it's just reflexive. And I've never known exactly what it means.
When a man with an AK-47 entered her school, Antoinette Tuff prayed—and convinced the man to lay his weapon down.
I asked Michael's mother what it was like to say goodbye. "Oh, it wasn't much fun," she said. Then she told me what she put in the coffin.
We don’t know which experiences specify our humanity. But the Abrahamic faiths agree that we are made of dust and ashes, a bit of clay or a mere clot.
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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