Crosses PowerPoint slides Part 1 We begin our exploration of the symbolism of the cross with the loud, background noise of coughing. At least that’s how I begin the exploration, because, this week as I was reflecting on this sacred object we encounter in religions around the world, I was suffering and recovering from the […]

Sacred Objects: Gift-Giving

The sacredness of gift-giving does not come naturally to me. One holiday season when I was a child, my mother and I went to visit a friend of hers. Mom entrusted me with the role of carrying the gift she was bringing, and of physically handing it off. As soon as we got in the […]

It’s said that the holy trinity of winter-storm preparedness is milk, eggs, and bread. The storm is coming. You hear that you might be stuck at home for several days, and a certain anxiety bubbles up. Of course—you aren’t in control of the weather. But you can be in control of what’s in the fridge. […]

What does it mean to be a spiritual being having a human experience? In every place, and in every time, where people engage the depths and heights of their best and most enlightened values and aspirations—when people try to transcend—what do we find? This is the key religious question we’re diving deep into, over the […]

My brother has a bumper sticker on his snowboard with the words of a Jimi Hendrix quote on it that says “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Love truly is a powerful thing. And for home to be a loving place is so foundational to us […]