Summer course, eco-justice, scholarship, Italy…

Yesterday, I met with students from a variety of schools in the area for conversation about building community, relationships, and a movement toward ecumenical partnership for progressive Christianity on campuses across North America.  The meeting was convened by folks interested in learning more about the Student Christian Movement – a network that was once very…

What’s in a word?

An interesting challenge posed here — A fast – a spiritual discipline with the purpose of letting go of something in order to make room for something else, something new to take it’s place…  What if you fasted from a word?  What word would you choose?  What would you hope to learn, achieve, progress toward,…

Entering interfaith conversations…

Tomorrow evening you are invited to join me and Lutheran students from Columbia University attending an offering from the Islamic Center at NYU.  Revival of Hearts is a weekly class on Muslim identity and community that gathers on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9 p.m.  Join me ahead of time on the 4th floor lounge…

Look, listen, learn, enter the conversation

Earlier this year I wrote a reflection on the value of having conversation with one another, particularly on issues where there seems to be a chasm between two ways of thinking.  This was posted to a blog hosted by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) of the Episcopal Church.  I have had the…

Canterbury Downtown Spring 2012

Spring Break has ended, and the last weeks of the spring semester are moving right along.  There is much to look forward to, and many opportunities to gather in community before the summer months collect us for our new jobs, internships, travels, rest, and preparation for the next big thing on the horizon.  For today, I encourage…

I’m going on a Pilgrimage. A what? A Pilgrimage. Oh, a Pilgrimage!

Do you recognize the sing-song of this childhood circle game?  A conversation back and forth between two people, that continues with what each person is bringing with them on the journey set forth before them. Yesterday, John Bethell, a second year (“middler”) student at the General Theological Seminary, left NYC and flew to the a…

General Convention, prayers and preparation

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church (GC) takes place every three years, gathering elected lay and clergy representatives from every diocese, clergy, the House of Bishops, and huge numbers of spectators and exhibitors interested in being present and being a part of conversations taking place in our Church body on a larger than national…

Spring break does not mean a break from Lent!

Have you heard of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)? If you haven’t it’s time to learn more – more about the possibility that extreme poverty can be thwarted one step, one goal, one person, one prayer, one action at a time. According to One.org, a grassroots advocacy group striving to keep individuals, communities, and funding focused on these…