Spiritual Discipline & Contemplative Practices


Hello Darkness my old friend

Hello Darkness my old friend

I thought I'd be able to power through my agenda, which included my writing agenda, and my to-do's with the happy ease of joyful holiday anticipation. And maybe I could have, but life happens. We read things, we see things, we have conversations; the pain, loneliness, and fear comes back to us afresh. Stuff slips through the cracks.

Pilgrim Year

Pilgrim Year

Pilgrim Year is a seven-book series that draws from the rich tradition of the Christian calendar to provide thoughtful reflections, poetry, and music that help the reader experience the rhythms of the liturgical seasons.

Spiritual Direction, Art as Spiritual Practice & Female Friendship

Spiritual Direction, Art as Spiritual Practice & Female Friendship

An interview with Christine Hiester where we explore the pain of spiritual and personal crisis, having both gone through experiences like that. And we consider paths of healing in art and creativity, spiritual companionship, friendship, and new and expansive understandings of God.

The ethics of eating animals (and why I do it anyway)

The ethics of eating animals (and why I do it anyway)

How is one supposed to eat and live in this culture? In this age? In spite of writing this series, I'm not actively seeking an answer to that question right now. It hangs in my life as an unknown.

Presence in pain

Presence in pain

This is how we hold the beauty and the pain, by learning to bear afflictions with one another. We incarnate the love of God in being with one another. God is known to the other in each other when we give something of ourselves - our time, resources, skills, and agenda. And when we accept what others give.

What does it all mean?

What does it all mean?

The joy and the pain of being human are bound together like a knotted cord, and what gives meaning to that twisted reality is that we all share it. This is everyone's truth. This is a shared experience.

The warmth of May

The warmth of May

Spring re-orients our linear experience of life (birth, growth, death) to the circular rhythm of the natural world. And in spring I'm reminded that I'm smack dab in the middle of the growing time, a season of life bursting at the seams with creativity and activity.