Isaac S. Villegas
A prison cell transfigured
While teaching in a prison, I got to know a gardener.
The transfiguration of Larissa
When my parishioner returned to church, she seemed to have crossed a threshold that revealed her true self.
It’s about “long obedience,” not idleness or selflessness.
The skin of Christ
The church is a body: scarred and punctured but feeling its way through the world.
Reclaiming the E word
Evangelism has become a dirty word among progressive Christians. But don’t we have good news to share?
The little engine that needed collaborators
Clergy burnout happens when churches expect pastors to do everything and pastors oblige.
Thinking through abortion ethics in the classroom
What if we began with character, my students and I asked, rather than rights?
Giving disappointment its due
Some of our dreams won’t be fulfilled. While this may be a mercy, that’s no consolation.
Believing in the future
Everything I learn about science fills me with spiritual wonder.
Our holy human bodies
To build the Beloved Community, we need to think and talk and act differently about bodies.
Our living waters are struggling to breathe
River baptisms are becoming a casualty of polluted waters.
The roots of my deconstruction
The cracks in my faith came slow, like when plants grow under concrete.
What does God look like?
A man sleeping on a step? A baby in a manger?
Isaac S. Villegas
A shower in the desert
At a migrant shelter in Tijuana, I met a woman who was about to give birth.
What sort of Christian story is viable in our time
I’m hoping for one that’s lyrical, chastened, hallowed.
The feeling I no longer pray for
One of the reasons I left my childhood faith tradition is that I didn’t feel what I was supposed to feel.
A busload of migrants were told something was waiting for them in Chicago
It was our job to be that something.
The better part of faith
It’s possible to stop believing, but we can’t live without trust.
Knitting with Simone Weil
The philosopher’s call to attention reminds me I’m making a difference.
The crowded elevator of opinions
We’ve become convinced that speaking is the most important thing we can do.