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Baron Wormser: The Holy War

What resides within Christianity… is the God-person whose life and times were radical and disruptive.

May 7, 2023 · 2 Comments

Richard Michelson: Angels with Guns Guarding the Gates of Heaven

My grandmother didn’t
live to see her youngest son, my father, murdered in a Brooklyn
gutter by a fifth generation, drug-addicted, unemployed house-
painter whose ancestors were dragged here like devils in chains.

April 18, 2023 · 5 Comments

Charles Davidson: The Road from Eden

The secret is in the vigil of watching and listening…

April 9, 2023 · Leave a comment

Gail Langstroth: Easter Sunday

then The Sun This Morning : one round, middle C

April 9, 2023 · Leave a comment

Song of Songs, Canticles 1-8

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys[….]
As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

February 12, 2023 · 14 Comments

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Religion

I am no priest of crooks nor creeds,
For human wants and human needs
Are more to me than prophets’ deeds

February 3, 2023 · 8 Comments

Video/Audio: ‘Imbolc/Vision’ a film poem by Grace Wells

Imbolc marks the beginning of spring, and for Christians it is the feast day of Saint Brigid, Ireland’s matron saint.

February 1, 2023 · Leave a comment

Maura Ives: How an American magazine helped launch one of Britain’s favorite Christmas carols

Christina Rossetti’s ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ didn’t begin life as a song, but being set to music helped it find fame.

December 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Kelly Denton-Borhaug: The Intolerable Price You Pay

More than 17 of you veterans take your own lives every day. And you live with all of this, while so much of the rest of the nation fails to muster the will to see you, hear you, or face honestly the American addiction to war.

November 11, 2022 · 8 Comments

Judith Baumel: The Last Judgment in which Enrico Scrovegni is Seen Presenting a Model of His Chapel to the Blessed Mother

Like a litter of mice born bare and squirming
the resurrected emerge from the cracked ground,
their bodies so very pale and hairless
so small and scrawny, stunned and scrambling
to comport themselves.

August 14, 2022 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Elderberry Magic

In the Native American tradition, the elder is sacred. The soft whistling song I often hear in the branches has been heard by others as well. Elder’s long association with wind instruments suggests that the magical sound comes not from the wind but rather from the tree itself, as well as any instruments carved from elder branches.

July 16, 2022 · 13 Comments

Video: Indigenous Elders Predicted Climate Crisis. Will Native Voices Finally Be Heard?

Indigenous communities are among the most vulnerable to climate change, yet they still struggle to be heard by governments around the world. Their spiritual teachings might help civilization to change course and prevent disaster.

July 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

Anne C. Fowler: Talking with the Other

The opportunity to spend vast expanses of time talking with people with whom you strongly disagree, about the very issue you disagree on, is an unusual privilege, I would even say, a luxury.

June 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Be Whole Again Beyond Confusion

The young blame us for everything that is wrong
with the world, as if we’d plotted it that way
just to torment them, as if poisoned
the very land we’re standing on. Some of us did.

May 22, 2022 · 4 Comments

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