Spirituality

Civil rights icon John Lewis: love and non-violent protest

(Photo of Hon. John Lewis taken by Suzette Standring) Our fractured society is discouraging, so take heart from Hon. John Lewis, the Georgia State Representative (5th District) who received the 2017 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Student Ivan Rahman asked, “Will you share a time in your activism when you […]

Easter: Jesus appears first to a woman

[Painting, “Mary Magdalene at the Crucifixion” by Francesco Hayez] For Christians, Easter is a miraculous promise of love kept, because Jesus resurrected, as foretold, three days after his undeniable death by crucifixion.  Yet, as if coming back to life isn’t enough, here’s an added kicker for me. Jesus chose to appear first to a woman. […]

Movie, The Shack answers how to get past unspeakable tragedy

The age-old angry question is, “If there is a God, then why do horrible things happen?”  A new movie, The Shack, based on the book by William P. Young, goes further.  “How does one get past unspeakable tragedy and relentless pain?”  The Shack is a visual parable that answers both questions. Mack Phillips (actor Sam […]

Cambodia: Angkor Wat at Dawn

In Cambodia, David and I stand among teeming crowds to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat, a 12th century temple.  It’s 6:00 a.m. and already onlookers line the edges of a moat filled with blooming waterlillies.  I hear a woman say, “I thought if I came early, I’d have the place to myself” and […]

The Value of Doubt: why unanswered questions, not unquestioned answers, build faith

Doubt.  It’s a key ingredient to faith.  If you don’t question, you don’t care.  A new book helped me to examine what I believe and why.  The Value of Doubt: why unanswered questions, not unquestioned answers, build faith, is written by Bill Tammeus, a veteran journalist and award-winning religion writer. (Skylight Paths Publishing, September 2016, […]