Category Archives: Christianity

ECC European regional gathering

Bishop Francis Krebs, the Presiding Bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC), is in Poland to visit European colleagues and to ordain two deacons in the ECC’s member church, the Reformowany Kościół Katolicki w Polsce (Reformed Catholic Church in Poland). Suzanne Schloemann and I … Continue reading

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Auschwitz-Birkenau and the politics of deception

On Tuesday, July 19, I will take a tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, not far from Krakow, Poland. Tonight, I’ll write about the experience of stepping into a place of history created by a man whose social vision was white … Continue reading

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Mystery, possibility, and freedom

I road the bus to Janskerkhof this morning and realized for the first time that I didn’t need to think about where I was going and when I should get off. My body had memorized the pattern of starts and turns … Continue reading

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Chaos, discombobulation, and the pattern of renewal

On June 28—anticipating a shift to The Netherlands later in the week—I wrote in Manchester, England: Beginning July 3, I’ll trace the courses and the conversations that take place in Utrecht. Between now and then, I’ll report and remark on … Continue reading

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Tears and Laughter, Watching and Wonder

If we’re to make any sense at all about belief words and god-talk, we’ve got to sort out what beliefs have to do with experience. Dictionary definitions of belief mention “acceptance that something is true,” “convictions about truth or reality,” … Continue reading

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Living Word–Resurrected Life

Several weeks ago, a striking event took place during Sunday morning mass. A husband and wife stood before the congregation and asked for prayers while one wrestled with addiction and the other with faithful support. As this couple struggled to … Continue reading

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Dogma, Devotion, and Discovery

Yesterday at mass, Fr. Frank shared an excellent homily about “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.” The name of this traditional day of celebrating Mary, the mother of Jesus, is not new. But this was the first time I’ve heard … Continue reading

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