Ascetical Theology and the Beloved Community

When I look at the corporate nature of injustice in our culture and society, and when I consider my own place within it, especially as someone who enjoys many privileges, I feel powerless. What can I do? I know that thinking great thoughts – even “right” thoughts, alone, does not change anything. I know that […]

On Remembering and Truth Telling

This past April 15, the Seminary of the Southwest community participated in a service of remembering and truth-telling. This service developed out of conversations among members of the Racial Justice and Healing Taskforce. Students, staff, and faculty all had a hand in developing it over the course of this year. The inspiration for this service […]

Taking Crucified Peoples Down From the Cross Today

I heard this morning on the radio that almost a quarter of the population of the US has been fully vaccinated, and almost 40% of us are partially so.  Thinking about how those statistics translate into everyday people’s experiences of life, I found myself hopeful about what our US American context might look like on […]

The Stewardship of Privilege

Professor Reuben McDaniel (1936-2016) was an accomplished scholar, a model teacher and a commanding presence in business school at The University of Texas for more than three decades. He was also (in partnership with his wife Myra) a leader at St. James’ Episcopal Church, where my spiritual director (who had recently served as interim rector) […]

What the Monarch Knows About Undoing Racism

How do monarch butterflies know the precise route of their migration, when it takes more than a generation of butterflies to complete it? How did the stonemasons who built the cathedrals of Europe know how their generation’s part of the work fit into the plan of the whole great structure without blueprints, over the course […]


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