Transformation

The Shower Prayer (full poem, by Cristina M. R. Norcross)

The Shower Prayer   The hot rain of the shower comes down. Walls blurred from early morning vision – I leave the high hot setting and simply stand in the moment of daybreak.   Calendar unmarked, computer untouched – this day is thankfully unspoken for. For...

Declaring Independence: Would You?

For some Americans, July 4th has become a caricature, a complicated and courageous moment distilled to a day of beer, BBQ and fireworks or, less benignly, jingoistic expression.  We celebrate independence, and freedom, but...

Choices

As a child I was never offered any choices. I was told what to do and I did it. No questions asked. As an adult I make decisions each day. Some are easy, but...

~ The Christmas Miracle ~

Christmas 2000 was not to be a normal Christmas by any means, and my wife Cindy eventually wrote a story about it that was circulated throughout the Internet. We were amazed at how many...

At 4, Our Son’s Developing a Taste for Religion or is it Community?

My husband was working late, so my son and I had a thrown-together dinner of leftover pasta, yogurt and carrots. I added one touch, store-bought Challah, to give our table a semblance of Shabbat. The...

As a teenager I used to wonder… by Bruce Black

As a teenager I used to wonder if I had faith and would pray to God uttering prayers that spoke of my faith using the words of my father and his father—Blessed are you,...

Trust and transformation

As long as we are enmeshed in the identities of the past, we can accumulate reasons to trust or keep our reasons for not trusting — it doesn’t matter, because we will still be...

Are Wars Inevitable?

"We've always had wars. Humans are a warring species. Without an army to defend us, someone will always try to conquer us." These assumptions have become axioms of our culture. They generate despair but also...

Raised From Another Death

One dies to the lesser self, and in this scary ride, opens the eyes in a tomb with the knowledge he or she is to walk out into the garden, and speak to Magdelene. Within...

Classical Literature, the Gods, and Metaphysical Desire

In December I finished teaching a course on classical myth and literature for undergraduates. We read a variety of texts and from a variety of time periods. Among the works we studied were The...