Incarnated Values

“In the new humanity which is begotten today, the Word prolongs the unending act of [his/her] own birth.” ~ Pierre Tielhard de Chardin As Christians, we uphold a fully en-fleshed theological worldview. This is not just because incarnation of the Divine is a key part of our spiritual imagination (and by incarnation, I mean divinity [...]

The Mercy

“…The mystery of life in its totality is incomprehensible, and what can be understood often speaks in a language so slow that we seldom stick around long enough to hear it.” —Mark Nepo As Mark Nepo states so beautifully, what can be understood of life’s mystery is revealed so quietly, so unexpectedly, we must slow [...]

Who is my neighbor?

I live along a country road that winds through a coastal river valley starting at one bay and reaching another. At one end of this idyllic road sits a shingled cottage with a hand-built stone wall out front covered each summer in tiny magenta flowers, and a large camellia bush presently blooming, dropping pink petals [...]

The relational nature of being

 {Image: ESA/Hubble & NASA and the LEGUS Team Acknowledgement: R. Gendler. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0} When late fourth-century Christian theologians intuited a construct of God as multi-faceted and called that construct “trinity,” they had intuited something essential about reality. Trinity is the Christian philosophy of the nature of being, and it is proving more insightful [...]

Two Kinds of Power

I have been thinking about power, that squirrely thing, that trickster that hobbles its most infatuated suitors. Power, which we both fear and need. Specifically, I ponder: how are progressive Christians and other people of faith to approach change-making when the avenues of democratic engagement seem increasingly barricaded? How are we to speak out when [...]

Fall Poem

Again You are no different than asters that fall dead in sleep, reemerge each year strong and new. By   midlife, you had fallen twice. First, watched the pieces leveled one by one, left to ask what remains when no one calls, when accolades fester into gossip, when all our proud self-sacrifice, clever deeds   feed the [...]


It is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Out the window of my day room at the Trappist Abbey in Lafayette, Oregon, an abbey named in her honor, I watch rain bear down, the jostling of giant firs. Back home in Tillamook County, the week’s torrents brought floods, landslides and road collapse, cutting [...]


“As a man dies many times before he’s dead, so does he wend from birth to birth until, by grace, he comes alive at last.” —Godric (Frederick Buechner) Holding a friend’s newborn, a sacred ritual becomes more sacred. Marco’s mother rises to exit the sanctuary and fetch a bottle, baby crying, and I gladly offer [...]

Summer at Twelve

I recently participated in an event called Word & Image. Writers were randomly paired with artists. The artist selected a piece by the writer and created an artwork in response to it; and the writer selected an image by the artist, creating an artwork in response. I was paired with a talented photographer named Juleen Johnson. She [...]