My Vocation

My vocation is to write. When I’m tempted to distraction or guilt over all the other work that needs doing in the church and the world, I must repeat this to myself: My vocation is to write.  We’re all called to kingdom building, but words are the only tools that fit in my hands. When I’ve … More My Vocation

Torschlusspanik

The term midlife crisis comes from the German torschlusspanik, which translates as  ‘shut-door panic,’ — a fear of being on the wrong side of a closing door. Torschlusspanik isn’t just for the middle years of life, whatever those years may be. Sometimes the space on the other side of the door feels like dead space—an empty house or one less … More Torschlusspanik

Listen to my conversation with Mary Hynes on CBC’s “Tapestry”

In an interview for her wonderful show, Tapestry, Mary Hynes and I talked about the work I’m doing with Sick Pilgrim, and why I feel so passionately about providing a space in the church for the marginalized: “I feel we’re providing a liminal space for people to come and enjoy and raid the church for treasure. … More Listen to my conversation with Mary Hynes on CBC’s “Tapestry”

take your broken heart, make it into art

“Take your broken heart; make it into art,” Meryl Streep said through tears, quoting her late friend, fellow actress Carrie Fisher, when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes earlier this year. Streep’s controversial comments were directed at those who felt brokenhearted at the election of a certain president, but her … More take your broken heart, make it into art

The 2017 Religion Communicators Convention & Wilbur Awards

“How do you become the top blog on the biggest religious and spiritual website? Jessica Mesman Griffith has a few ideas. She is co-founder of one that rocketed to success in the last year despite her doing almost everything counterintuitively. You may be surprised about what she has to say. In January 2016 she launched … More The 2017 Religion Communicators Convention & Wilbur Awards

On Religion, Fake News and Self-Made Bubbles

With the intensive post-analysis of the presidential election last year, we had the beginnings of a national conversation on  the new reality of how people are consuming news. “Fake news” has superseded real news in troubling ways. Selective exposure, filter bubbles, echo chambers, confirmation bias, implicit bias, and other terms have entered common dialogue. But suggested … More On Religion, Fake News and Self-Made Bubbles

Commonweal Magazine on Love & Salt For Lent

Commonweal Magazine’s suggestion to pick up Love & Salt for a Lenten practice: “Today is Ash Wednesday. Lenten practices – prayer and fasting and almsgiving; ashes and palms; fish fries and egg sandwiches and CRS ricebowls; giving up coffee or alcohol or candy – all aim at this transformation….It’s also a time when people take up spiritual … More Commonweal Magazine on Love & Salt For Lent