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Michael Simms: Tree of Life

God, like a lazy cop,
Never seems to be around
When you need Him

October 27, 2021 · 23 Comments

Nina Kossman: Giordano Bruno’s Unwritten Letter

He didn’t have time to complete the letter
which he was composing in his head,
as the flames were beginning to engulf his body

March 7, 2021 · 5 Comments

Harriet Powers: Quilt Maker

“The dark day of May 19, 1780. The seven stars were seen 12 N. in the day. The cattle wall went to bed, chickens to roost and the trumpet was blown. The sun went off to a small spot and then to darkness.”

February 28, 2021 · 3 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Swear to God

I’ll strive to focus on what I want rather than what I don’t want by holding the vision of a kinder, gentler leader and nation in my heart.

September 27, 2020 · 5 Comments

Joel Harrington: Why a 14th-century mystic appeals to today’s ‘spiritual but not religious’ Americans

The percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religious tradition continues to rise annually. Not all of them, however, are atheists or agnostics. Many of these people believe in … Continue reading

December 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye: Different Ways to Pray

There was the method of kneeling, a fine method, if you lived in a country where stones were smooth. The women dreamed wistfully of bleached courtyards, hidden corners where knee … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Charlie Brice: Soulium

Having doubts about why you are alive, why things happen as they do, why religious fanatics burn people alive, take off heads, shoot unarmed cartoonists, destroy ageless art works, hang … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 3 Comments

Jose Padua: The Color of Bourbon and Other Observations on the Landscape of the Valley Where We Live

. This past Saturday, Heather, Maggie, Julien, and I were going south on Route 11 just outside of downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia. We were there for a quick, cheap, winter getaway … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: America’s 5 Favorite Ways to Ignore Jesus

America’s Best Christian, Mrs. Betty Bowers, announces American Christians’ fondest ways to thumb their noses at Jesus and any of the pesky things He may have told them.   Mrs. … Continue reading

February 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

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