Healing in relationships: The parallel process between professor and student

Perhaps the real therapy occurred […] when they moved into honesty with the revelation that they were fellow travelers, both simply human, all too human. —Irvin Yalom, “The gift of therapy: An open letter to a new generation of therapist and their patients.” The other day I was walking through a park near the seminary, and … read more

Seven Demons

At the feast of Mary Magdalene at Christ Chapel this Easter season I wrestled once again with how to portray and proclaim Mary of Magdala, apostle to the apostles, amid the multiple conflicting portraits of her in the early church and contemporary culture.  Witness to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, Mary is commissioned […]

Questions Raised By Tragedy

Last week, questions floated around our campus as we learned of several disturbing events over the span of just a few days. When 18-year-old University of Texas student Haruka Weiser became the victim of a homicide on the UT campus, the question came to campus administrators: What’s being done to keep us safe? Our seminary […]

Two-Toned Heart

As I write this, the pope’s new exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), has just been released. I haven’t yet read the document, but as I scroll through the newsfeed, I see a post with this lead: “Pope restores conscience to its proper place in the church and asks pastors to meet people where […]

What does a gun do to common space?

Imagine the following sign at your church door: “please hand your gun to the greeter before entering” or imagine the following bulletin footnotes: “please leave your gun in your seat as you proceed to the altar” or “please leave your gun holstered during the passing of the peace.”  Of course, none of these notifications would […]

Living in a Resurrection World

“Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he […]

The Rev. Dave Scheider on Good Friday 2016

Introduction:  Many people have crosses.  Here are my favorites.  (Show the crosses and tell the occasions when I received them.)  Many of us wear crosses, but their meaning often has little to do with the crucifixion.  A professor once told our class that we should wear little electric chairs to remember that crosses were instruments […]

Dr. Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski on Wednesday of Holy Week 2016

Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 70 John 13:21-32 Our gospel reading brings us right to the edge of the drama of the Triduum. It is the night of the arrest of Jesus. He is at table with his disciples and he predicts that one of them will soon betray him. Jesus hands the bread to Judas, the one he knows […]

Dr. Gena Minnix on Tuesday of Holy Week, 2016

“The Grace of Perfect Danger” John 12: 20-36 In our gospel text today, Jesus is having an intimate conversation with a group of people, including some of his closest friends. And he’s had a series of really stressful weeks. The other preachers in town are really angry with him. So as it becomes more and […]

A Station of Silence, a Station of Witness

Recently I discovered a very brief video on my phone that I must have taken by mistake when I was walking the Way of the Cross with a group of fellow pilgrims in Jerusalem a couple of summers ago. The 5-second video shows our group walking on a narrow street in the early morning summer […]