Faithful responses to work, family, and everyday life
After two years, I visited my ailing friend. Eventually, he asked for the Eucharist—and suddenly every word mattered.
As we unpack the same ornaments, read the same stories and entertain the same deep thoughts our ancestors did, we have every reason to be gloriously unoriginal.
I recently went to parents' night at my stepsons' school. Since then, I've been thinking about the parishioners I've served over the years.
Captain Phillips emphasizes the larger story: long before they meet, the lives of the pirates and the captain are already bound together.
I have conversations with a wide variety of clergy colleagues. But they're all the same conversation: "Is it well with your soul?"
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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