Augustine For Our Times

This month the Seminary of the Southwest faculty has been reading William Cavanaugh’s excellent little book Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire. Micah Jackson had assigned this book to the Junior class for their colloquy and the faculty have been engaged in a parallel reading of it, culminating in a colloquy of our own about […]

The Troubling Psalms

For over two thousand years the Psalms have been a source of comfort, courage, and hope.  The Psalter has been called the Hymnbook of the Second Temple but it can equally be called the Prayer Book of the Faithful.  There are many psalms that are loved for their gentle images of trees planted by streams […]

Eric Scott named new Director of Communications at Southwest

The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Dean and President, recently announced the appointment of Eric Scott as Seminary of the Southwest’s new Director of Communications and Marketing.  In this position, he will be responsible for external and internal communications at the seminary, press relations, and the development and implementation of strategic marketing plans. He began […]

Laughter at Lent

It’s Ash Wednesday morning as I write these words, and in a few hours I will hear myself and others invited “to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”  What are we denying and negating, when we choose […]


Ernest Hemingway once wrote a six-word short story that goes like this: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”  The story has given birth to an entire industry of six-word-story contests, publications, and websites. If someone were to announce an eleven-word short story contest, I’d immediately nominate this recent utterance by our current U.S. Senate majority […]

Enemies and Inspiration

These days when fear and anger can lock us in endless cycles of reactivity, it’s worth remembering that the willingness to take an opponent’s perspective is a reliable source of inspiration. I learned this in August 2005. Texas voters were about to approve a constitutional amendment to define marriage, and my friends were fearfully speculating […]