Read this book!

Anthologies are hard. They’re hard to sell to a publisher, in my very limited experience, and they’re supremely hard to edit. There’s often an unevenness in quality; a hoped for diversity of voices can often become more of a cacophony than a symphony. It’s extremely



I greeted my colleague this morning, and he reported that he read my post from Monday. It’s funny. I just started here this summer, and we did a lot of talking before then about how we would interact as colleagues, and as associate/senior. How we’d


A change has got to come

Last Thursday, several of my colleagues were in the car, driving to our staff appreciation lunch, talking about the housing market, property values and neighborhoods as one of our number will soon be moving out of state and trying to sell his house. We started

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Vast Rock of Materiality and a Real Angel

It was my great privilege to preach on Easter morning for the congregation at Rockefeller Chapel yesterday.  It’s been a number of years since I actually preached on Easter — and it’s the best and worst pastoral task: it’s the greatest story ever told! How do


Turning on a Dime

Palm/Passion Sunday As our service opened this morning, we heard proclamations of wonder and joy from the children of the congregation; we waved palms in procession, we sang all glory, laud and honor to our Redeemer King. We journeyed with Jesus into the city; we

My husband made this image for me because I would have had to pay for the "Ash Heart" on Shutterstock. So perfect!

Valentine’s Day/Ash Wednesday

My beloved spouse and I sat at the library on Saturday, as we do on many Saturdays; he working on a grad school paper, me trying to get a jump start on a week that will see the start of Lent Madness. I often have


Writing is good for you

In the weekly gathering of graduate students I coordinate at the Divinity School, we’re doing a quarter-long series inspired by NPR’s great tradition of soliciting essays on the topic “This I Believe.”  Ours are a bit longer, but I’ve been really excited to hear the wonderful