Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

November 2013 Archives

Holy Space 8: Crossing the Threshold

While in the West Bank I had the incredible opportunity to meet up with one of my dear friends who I made while studying at The Ecumenical Institute for the World Council of Churches at Bossey in Switzerland. Ashraf Tannous […]

Women Bishops Are So Passe

As a former Episcopalian with great affection for Anglicanism, I’m taking a little break from our regular Tuesday and Thursday series on holy space with photojournalist Katie Archibald-Woodward to get on my soap box and give thanks for yesterday’s overwhelming […]

Holy Space 7: At the Site of Your Birth

I can’t connect here. The “site” of your birth is just a shrine to me. It’s hard for me to come and give thanks to you here. I find I just come to consume, to get my picture and go. […]

Author Q and A for Grace Sticks

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) is in Baltimore this year: at this time last year I was courting publishers for Grace Sticks; this time I’ll be working on a publicity plan for the book. In the meantime, here is […]

Musical Mental Health Break: “Reflektor” and Kierkegaard, Via Lead Singer of Arcade Fire

Today’s musical mental health break is the official video for “Reflektor,” this thanks to fellow saint and sinner Paul (a.k.a. “hubby”). In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, lead singer Win Butler shared that the nineteenth century Danish philosopher Soren […]

Holy Space 6: The Western Wall

Today is a unique day in Jerusalem, especially around the Western Wall.  It’s a Thursday, and, as Andre our guide explains to us, on Monday’s and Thursday’s bar mitzvahs are celebrated.  As we walk to the wall we witness parade […]

Laughter and Humility, Via Nature’s Call at the Blue Heron Preserve

[Note to readers: if you have trouble with potty humor, you probably won't want to read this.] So there we are at the “Blue Heron Nature Preserve” on a crisp fall afternoon, my kids and I taking in the best […]

Holy Space 5: “Bicycle Day” on Via Dolorosa

Today is known as “Bicycle Day”, at least around Jerusalem.  You may be familiar with it too, but under its more familiar name, Yom Kippur—the Jewish holy day of Atonement. For more reflections on the Via Dolorosa, see Katie’s blog. […]

Holy Space 4: Jericho

To many Jericho may appear to be just another bustling Arab town. However, a few words into its history and one becomes aware of a rich gem.  Though a well-established city today, it was only about 50 acres during the […]

Holy Space 3: Down By The River

The Jordan River, like many of the sites I’ve visited in the Holy Land and have yet to visit, is hard to connect with.  We don’t know where exactly along the Jordan River Jesus was baptized and the churches and […]

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Christian Purity: Is God's Mission Possible When Purity Rules?
I had a really weird, somewhat distressing interaction this week, and it is still on my mind days later. It's one of those uncomfortable encounters that you would like to press the "replay" butt

posted 1:40:13pm Sep. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Jesus and the Rich Man: A Sermon on the "Hitler" of Passages.
It's rare that I find myself thinking about Sunday's sermon midweek. This Sunday our pastor Drew Ditzel preached on the familiar story of Jesus and the rich man (Mark 10). The rich man, who says he has kept all the commandments perfectly and has lived a righteous life, comes to Jesus asking what mor

posted 10:40:08am Sep. 17, 2014 | read full post »

The Lie of Invulnerability
This last week has been insane. Family sickness, repairs, car issues, multiple calls from school nurses, including one in which the nurse expressed concern my 7-year-old son had been bitten by a brown recluse spider...and just when I thought it couldn't get worse...viral pinkeye. Two puffy, leaky, r

posted 11:00:49am Sep. 09, 2014 | read full post »

Humor Relief for Religious Extremism
Once again, humor and satire are coming to my aid this morning, this time in response to the twisted and evil extensions of religion that seeks to coerce and control with violence and worldly forms of power (best embodied these days in the form of ISIS and its affiliates). The Palestinian televis

posted 10:36:57am Sep. 03, 2014 | read full post »

"AA" Recovery Groups—Spirituality for the Non-Religious, Hope for the Church?
[caption id="attachment_5326" align="alignleft" width="271"] Bill Wilson co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous with Dr. Bob Smith in 1935. Their affectionately called "Big Book" is one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold more than 30 million copies since its publication. (Photo credit: Haze

posted 11:27:26am Sep. 02, 2014 | read full post »


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