A Holy Ramadan — For Us All

There’s no denying the amazing religious pluralism in this country. Driving in our southwest suburbs, we not only pass churches and synagogues but mosques and mandirs. In spring, our neighbors are celebrating Easter (Christian) and Passover (Jewish), and they also celebrating Ridván (Bahai) and Holi (Hindu). Right now, our Muslim friends and neighbors are in… Continue reading A Holy Ramadan — For Us All

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“Quick! Be Spiritual!”

My life has been a bit overfull of late. Some events were extraordinarily challenging, and others bordered on ecstatic. Really. Almost everything was on one end of the spectrum or the other. And I was not as on top of my calendar as I should have been. So when Tim, the editor of this illustrious… Continue reading “Quick! Be Spiritual!”

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Honor your mother… Earth

“Honor your father and mother,” is the first part of the Fifth Commandment. In our hasty recollections, we might find ourselves forgetting the second part: “So that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” This past Sunday was Earth Day,… Continue reading Honor your mother… Earth


White Privilege: Let’s Talk

The United Church of Christ curriculum, "White Privilege: Let’s talk. A Resource for Transformational Dialogue" is now available as an online curriculum at The Center for Progressive Renewal. It includes an online discussion board and access to a webinar series from June 2016  featuring authors of the curriculum, John Dorhauer, Traci Blackmon, DaVita McAllister, Stephen G. Ray,… Continue reading White Privilege: Let’s Talk

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From Merton’s “Letter to a Young Activist”

From A Letter to a Young Activist Do not depend on the hope of results. When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essentially an apostolic work, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results… Continue reading From Merton’s “Letter to a Young Activist”

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“Lent is a path…” Pope Francis

Return to me with all your heart… return to the Lord” (Jl 2:12, 13). The prophet Joel makes this plea to the people in the Lord’s name. No one should feel excluded: “Assemble the aged, gather the children, even infants at the breast, the bridegroom… and the bride” (v. 16). All the faithful people are… Continue reading “Lent is a path…” Pope Francis

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wAsh Thursday

I have the funniest, smartest friends. Like Paul Greene, who is singlehandedly advancing the English lexicon, a word or phrase at a time. I particularly like wAsh Thursday, which greeted me this morning. I wanted to start Lent by reflecting on the meaning of Ash Wednesday, but life got the best of me and I… Continue reading wAsh Thursday


TSV’s Voice in the Wilderness Award Goes to…

Bishop Robert McElroy. Don't miss this Commonweal Magazine coverage of his recent remarks. Disrupting Donald will take more than a village. (Photo from Commonweal) "I want you to sit back in your chair for a moment. And close your eyes, and I want you to think of someone you have known that our economy has… Continue reading TSV’s Voice in the Wilderness Award Goes to…

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Keeping Green: A Retreat with Hildegard of Bingen

"O, You who are ever giving life to all life, moving all creatures, root of all things, washing them clean, wiping out their mistakes, healing their wounds, You are our true life, luminous, wonderful, awakening the heart from its ancient sleep." Hildegard of Bingen Kim Langley of LifeBalance Enterprises offers a retreat that you can… Continue reading Keeping Green: A Retreat with Hildegard of Bingen