A Christian Alternative to Polarization

A Christian Alternative to Polarization

For three days in an Airbnb rental in a cozy Atlanta neighborhood, my team and I took a spiritual retreat.  Nine of us worshiped together, laughed and played together, ate meals together, envisioned the coming year together, and worked on some detailed processes...
Two Popes, Three Opinions

Two Popes, Three Opinions

There’s a classic Jewish aphorism: “two Jews, three opinions.”  It sounds like the punch line to a joke, but it’s merely an observation about Jewish willingness to see all sides of an argument and to debate them with aplomb. Rabbi Wolpe references Yeats: “Out of the...
Three Ways to Be Light in the Darkness

Three Ways to Be Light in the Darkness

It’s easy to get depressed these days.  Between meanspirited win/lose politics, the dismissal of fact-based debate, public shootings, brutal treatment of migrants and asylum seekers, extreme weather events, and destabilized foreign relations, the darkness around us...
Debate as Sacrament

Debate as Sacrament

At one church I visited recently, a long-time member confided that the church was going to have to split because the two pastors had differing views on human sexuality and the Bible.   Why can’t our differences live side by side?  They do in the Bible.  ...

An AA Christmas

This Christmas, my husband I will celebrate the holiday surrounded by a variety of family and friends. Most of these folks have an unusual characteristic in common: they are recovering addicts and alcoholics. Their length of sobriety ranges from 10 days to 30 years....

Do You Need a 12 Step Program to Follow Jesus?

I spend a lot of time, intentionally, with the spiritual but not religious folks in my community.  I’m always amazed at the refreshing honesty and humor in our conversations.  There’s a real willingness to laugh at former misfortunes, to give credit to a higher power,...