Six Self-Care Practices that Don’t Cost a Thing

In times of great stress, it's important to take radically good care of yourself. When that stress also includes financial uncertainty, it's important to be able to do it without spending money. Here are some free ways to take care of yourself during this most difficult season. Breathe Never underestimate the power of pausing and breathing. Even if you just have a minute, it can make a huge difference. My favorite ...

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Community in the Midst of Corona Virus

The Corona virus (or COVID-19) is disrupting our sense of community in so many ways. Events like South by Southwest in Austin and Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con have been canceled or postponed. These are events that many people attend year after to year to gather with others who share their interests. They gather with their people, to be in community...and those gatherings aren't happening. In some communities, religious congregations ...

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10 Cool Things that happened in Religion in 2019

Religion has had a rough 2019. From the rise of anti-Semitism here in the US and around the world to the Trumpification of evangelicalism to the attempted purging of Muslims by India's leader to watching Notre Dame burn to the heart-breaking loss of Rachel Held-Evans, religion has been hit hard. Yet, religion and religious communities keep keeping on. In spite of all the bad news, I've managed to find 10 ...

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Five Mantras to Get You Through Christmas

This year, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is one of the shortest ever. So you barely have time to finish off those leftovers before the Christmas onslaught begins. While many of you will have wonderful holiday experiences and make lasting heart-warming memories, time with family does not always (often?) look like something out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. There are bad histories, old grudges and deeply held resentments ...

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Racism–Not Just for the Uneducated

I would like to believe that our institutions of higher education are places where white people acknowledge our own struggle with racial bias and are working to identify and address the places where we fall short. They are not places where ugly, overt racism lives. Such nastiness is relegated to backwater bumpkinvilles where people are just too ignorant to know better. This week racist graffiti was found scrawled on the ...

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Everyone else is a mess, too

When I took my first call in ministry, I was not prepared for people to think of me as a respected member of the clergy right away. I figured I would have to earn my stripes and build some credibility, and therefore have some time to grow into it, but...no. Some folks just jumped right in to tell me about intimate relationship issues, family members involved in illegal activity, illnesses ...

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Road Trippin’

My daughter and I are about the embark on a three-day road trip to NYC with our 10-year-old cat in a rented mini-van. I imagine the trip will be on par with a Chevy Chase vacation movie. After we survive the trip, we'll be unpacking in our new apartment and re-packing our daughter to head to her freshman year at college. It's going to be quite a week. I'm fairly scattered ...

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Five Questions You Should Stop Asking

Y'all. There are some questions we really should just stop asking. Questions that simply serve to make others uncomfortable or less-than or just plain irritable. Questions that don't move a conversation forward or give us much insight about the person. Let's just stop it. Let's agree to eliminate these questions from our repertoire. When are you getting married? Not everyone wants to get married. Really. It's true. Some people who ...

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