My 25,000 year-old friend

Earlier this year I visited the Peche Merle caves, known for their prehistoric drawings, in the south west of France.  Little is known about the purpose of the Peche Merle cave paintings.  There is some speculation that they were used in sacred rituals.  So, as I made my way down into the caves and alongContinue reading “My 25,000 year-old friend”

Advice for Clergy (and the rest of us)

Did you know that October has been designated “Clergy Appreciation Month” by the good people at Hallmark Cards?  It was news to me. So, in honor of all the clergy who are a part of our lives, I offer some insights and advice from Sei Shonagon, an 11th century Japanese noblewoman living in the imperialContinue reading “Advice for Clergy (and the rest of us)”

The Kumari’s Blessing (Part Two)

Author’s note: The second part of this story reminds us that, even after the most terrible of disasters, we can find hope and healing. I hold onto this as we count the losses of the most recent series of tragedies we are enduring. The morning after we received the Kumari’s blessing, my daughter and IContinue reading “The Kumari’s Blessing (Part Two)”

The Kumari’s Blessing (Part One)

Just short of a year after the April 25, 2015 earthquake that struck Nepal, my daughter and I landed in Kathmandu.  We were there to visit the recovery programs that Episcopal Relief & Development was supporting.  Before leaving Kathmandu to tour the epicenter of the destruction and our work, my daughter and I took anContinue reading “The Kumari’s Blessing (Part One)”

Three Everyday Thin Places

You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to find a thin place.   In fact, it’s important to find them in your everyday life.  But, you have to be looking for them.  Here are three thin places that I try to visit on a regular basis.

Finding God at Elmina Castle

Each time I approach Elmina Castle on the Cape Coast of Ghana, I am struck by the beauty of its setting.  The Castle sits on a bluff looking out over the Atlantic Ocean.   Swaying palms. Breaking waves.  Shimmering white sand on an endless beach.  Blazing saffron sunsets. However, the beauty is counterfeit.  Evil permeates Elmina.

The Old City of Jerusalem

The Old City in Jerusalem is chockablock with thin places. Countless worship and pilgrimage sites for the three Abrahamic faiths are packed within one square kilometer.   I find it all overwhelming.  For the most part I have not experienced the transcendent power of being in a thin place when I am in the OldContinue reading “The Old City of Jerusalem”

On the lookout for thin places

Have you ever had the sensation that the barrier between the temporal and the eternal has become porous or indeed disappeared entirely? Then you’ve found a “thin place.”  One of my goals in this blog is to share my experiences of those places with you so that you can be on the lookout as well.

Hearing God’s Voice on Middle Path

Middle Path runs right through the center of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. The Middle Path, or as Anglicans and Episcopalians call it, the via media, is the path between Roman Catholicism and Puritanism. It is by following the via media that one comes closest to finding the truth. But, can you also find GodContinue reading “Hearing God’s Voice on Middle Path”

Is there room for God in your carry-on bag?

Do you ever feel you leave God behind when you enter the gates of hell that our airports have become? You don’t have to. Here are 5 strategies that I’ve found helpful in bringing God with me when I travel.