Festival of Faith and Writing 2018: I think we need a password

I’m back from three days in Grand Rapids, where I reconnected with spiritual writing friends and colleagues from all over the country for the 2018 Festival of Faith and Writing. The weather was pitiful, because Michigan, but the company was as delightful as ever. I don’t know how they do it, but the festival organizers … More Festival of Faith and Writing 2018: I think we need a password

Tales of Loss and Longing: St Greg’s Acoustic Chapel Series, February 23 in Chicago

I’m really excited about collaborating with the Acoustic Chapel series at St. Gregory the Great in Chicago with my Love and Salt co-author Amy Andrews to produce Tales of Loss and Longing. Amy and I will both be reading  new work and introducing The Stapletons, who created one of my favorite albums of 2017: Battles and Ballads. … More Tales of Loss and Longing: St Greg’s Acoustic Chapel Series, February 23 in Chicago

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