Parker Palmer: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes
Apr08

Parker Palmer: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes

Parker J. Palmer is an author, educator, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change, with nearly 10 books and countless articles to his credit.  He is also the founder of the Seattle, WA-based Center for Courage and Renewal, whose mission “is to create a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on...

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Father Richard Rohr: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes
Feb02

Father Richard Rohr: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes

Father Richard Rohr (OFM), is a Roman Catholic, Franciscan priest, ordained in 1970. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albquerque, New Mexico, and the author of more than 25 books about Christian spirituality.   Rohr is a contributing author to the CAC’s journal, Onening, as well as the progressive Christian publication, Sojourners. He is a proponent of the Perennial Tradition (a subject we discuss...

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Brother Alois of Taizé: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes
Dec22

Brother Alois of Taizé: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes

Welcome to the first post in the ongoing series, Interviews with Spiritual Heroes! Taizé is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France, founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, consisting of over one hundred brothers from Protestant and Catholic traditions and about thirty countries across the world. According to Wikipedia, “The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of...

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Interviews with Spiritual Heroes: New Monthly Series
Dec18

Interviews with Spiritual Heroes: New Monthly Series

“What makes a hero? Courage, strength, morality, withstanding adversity? Are these the traits that truly show and create a hero? Is the light truly the source of darkness or vice versa? Is the soul a source of hope or despair? Who are these so called heroes and where do they come from? Are their origins in obscurity or in plain sight?” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground As I have traversed the dusty trail of life, I...

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Voluntary Debtorship: A Call to White Christians in Response to Racial Injustice
Dec01

Voluntary Debtorship: A Call to White Christians in Response to Racial Injustice

One of the most vexing problems facing modern society in the United States is rising consumer debt – things like credit cards, auto loans, and student loans.  Recent studies indicate that while home mortgage debt has declined since 2007, consumer debt has reached a jaw-dropping, all-time high of 3.2 trillion dollars. In that sense, we of all people should really have a good idea what it means to be in debt.  When the billing statement...

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Keeping My Lamp Full
Nov11

Keeping My Lamp Full

I am a pastor. Church is my job. If everyone stopped going to church, I would lose my job. Sometimes I get angry about the fact that my job performance is measured by whether or not other people show up. My higher-ups look at the numbers that represent a complex amalgam of other peoples’ fickle choices to decide whether I get to keep my job. For four years, I led a struggling contemporary worship service in a suburban church....

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I Go to Church Because I Belong to the Church
Nov04

I Go to Church Because I Belong to the Church

I go to church, religiously. That’s a pun, but it is true. I go to church almost every week, sometimes multiple times. When I was growing up, my mother was in the process of becoming an Episcopal priest. Not going to church wasn’t an option. We went. I kept going, and eventually found myself in the ordination process. Three years ago, I was ordained. It helps that I work for the church, as often I am paid to be present (but not...

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Humanity, Belonging, and Response: 3 Purposes for the Church
Oct13

Humanity, Belonging, and Response: 3 Purposes for the Church

As pastor of a mainstream denominational church, my congregation has experienced a slow and steady decline for decades. Each year, the congregation gets older and smaller as more people choose brunch over Holy Communion and soccer matches over passing the peace. But more disturbing than the attendance decline is the increasingly homogeneous nature of our congregations. So, understanding the relevance of church has everything to do...

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No Longer Afraid to Be Religious: Recovering from ‘It’s All About a Relationship’
Oct01

No Longer Afraid to Be Religious: Recovering from ‘It’s All About a Relationship’

I am delighted to have the opportunity to write for UMC Lead, and to have my first contribution there be a piece that’s so close to my heart.  You can view it here.  Please be sure to follow the UMC Lead blog for high quality and challenging content. Leave Blank:Do Not Change:Your email:  Header Image Credit to...

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The Un-churching of Osheta Moore
Sep22

The Un-churching of Osheta Moore

For a moment this summer, I considered homeschooling my oldest child.  Some fears he had collided with some concerns for his safety and so night, after balmy New England night, I’d sit up late researching curriculum, pedagogy, and communities for our newbie homeschooling family. In the homeschooling community, there is an alternative concept called, un-schooling.  Un-schooling is much like homeschooling in that both happen at...

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