The Metaphor of the Prism

The Pew Research Center has recently reported on the “Nones,” that demographic segment that states that they have no preference for any religious affiliation. Some of these Nones, however, state that they are still concerned about some form of spirituality. Perhaps, then, there is still a good possibility that we can engage them on a … read more

The Rust Club

The following homily was preached by The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Dean and President of Seminary of the Southwest, on Monday, November 16, 2015. “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field which someone found and hid then in his joy, he goes and sells all that he has and buys […]

Who Needs a Hygge Today?

I recently learned that Danish people live by a concept known as hygge (pronounced “heurrga,” with some guttural action involved).1 Though difficult to translate, the word—which can be a noun, an adjective, or a verb, and which may be related to our word hug—means something like “taking pleasure from gentle, soothing things.” Warm pools of […]

Patterns or Projection

There have been a series of popular bumper stickers in recent times with the words “coexist,” or “tolerance” or “believe” written with the various symbols of world religions. Much like the “Darwin fish” that have arisen to mock the once popular automobile Christian fish symbol, there has now arisen and interesting mockery of this series […]

Eat that Marshmallow!

A recent article in The Guardian caught my eye: “Self-control saps memory resources.” What? There’s a down side to virtue? Here’s the history. In a 1960s experiment, researchers gave small children a marshmallow and told them that if they could hold off eating the marshmallow for a certain amount of time, they would be rewarded […]

A Strange Epiphany at a Marketing Meeting

Martin Buber described two ways of relating, I-It or I-Thou. In I-It, we relate to the other as an object we can classify, compare, contrast or dissect. In I-Thou we encounter the other’s essence and experience the depths rather than the surface. I discovered recently how easy it is to drift into an I-It relationship […]

La Aceptacíon del Misterio

” Cuando alguien encuentra su camino, no puede tener miedo. Tiene que tener el coraje suficiente para dar pasos errados. Las decepciones, las derrotas, el desánimo, son herramientas que Dios utiliza para mostrar el camino”–Paulo Coelho, Brida. I’ve always loved Paulo Coehlo. For some reason every time I’ve read one of his novels I’ve left feeling pensive […]

2015 Blandy Lectures

Bishop Nicholas Knisely delivered the 2015 Blandy Lectures on September 29 and 30. Both lectures are presented below. The lectures are preceded by the awarding of the Hal Brook Perry Distinguished Alumni Award and the Durston R. McDonald Teaching Award. The following lecture was delivery by Dr. Anthony Baker. Dr. Baker’s lecture explores the theology […]

Look, here is water!

Last weekend, I traveled to Great Falls, Montana to help lead a gathering of Episcopal and Lutheran clergy in thinking about their preaching. It was a great conference, but one of the most surprising things about Great Falls was the way their airport introduces arriving passengers to an important feature of the area. When you […]

Oliver Sacks: Extraordinary and Ordinary

I have been very moved by the illness and death of Oliver Sacks. I first began reading his books with their wonderful narrative accounts of his patients when my children were young. He is a compassionate and insightful interpreter of people and how they, with their brains, make meaning. As I read about extreme neurological […]