Why Prayer Comes First

A bomb. A suicide bomber. A suicide. A horrific, terrible something happens. And people shaped by religious traditions often respond first with prayer. This first response of prayer to bad news is not an isolated act, but often the first of many acts in the face of an unknown future. The fact that religious people oftenContinue reading “Why Prayer Comes First”

Still, Small Voice 

My Facebook feed, probably like yours, recently displayed a combination of people wearing odd Thanksgiving day cloth turkey hats, smiling faces sitting around tables piled with food, Christmas trees getting decorated along with outcries about international and national terrorism and violence. But out of the hundreds of the good, bad, funny and ugly posted onContinue reading “Still, Small Voice “

An Unacceptable Truth

As personal stories emerge out of the shadows about ministers who struggle with various levels of mental wellbeing, an unacceptable truth for the church has emerged: it’s not acceptable for spiritual leaders to have a mental illness. I wish such harsh statements were simply fiction. However, it is becoming a familar refrain in conversations aboutContinue reading “An Unacceptable Truth”