A passage from Alice Hoffman’s book called Here on Earth has been working its way through my heart lately. The book’s main character is returning to the town she grew up in. On the way to her old house which she hasn’t seen for twenty years, she drives by a stone wall, and a memory […]

From the psychology department of the University of Arizona comes a study about happiness and the role that big talk, as opposed to small talk, plays. When we get all existential with each other—when we deep dive into conversations about things that frighten us to death, or perplex us, or things we are enthusiastic about […]

Here we are, and by “here” I mean The Mystery. That’s what “here” means in the largest of senses. Mystery calls us forth, to be changed in ways we cannot now predict. Mystery calls us forth, to bring life and hope to people we serve. The Mystery that is our congregation is a 136-year-old story […]

136 years ago, in 1882, when the Rev. George Leonard Chaney first came to Atlanta, it was just a lot of dirt. And by that, I mean the prospect for liberal religion. The Civil War had ended only 17 years earlier, and Atlanta as a southern city was decidedly unfriendly soil for the seeds of […]

So there I was, watching the news conference in Helsinki. Right before my eyes I saw our President stand beside Vladimir Putin and take Putin’s word over the word of our American Intelligence agencies. A moment of literal treason! Right before my eyes. Then I read about the Supreme Court and how it ended its […]