“Writing isn’t just about expressing what you think, it’s about discovering what you think, or thinking different because of your writing. And one of my great learnings in writing the articles was the degree to which if I just relied on the faith I started with and then tried to explicate it, I would have run out of things to say fairly fast. But the project of writing actually asked me to think anew and to grow in faith differently, in ways that I was not entirely anticipating.” — Mark Douglas
“I am a child of God. I am a trauma survivor, a compassionate listener, an empathic healer, an intuitive truth teller. I am a death doula, a minister to souls, a witness, and a guide: a midwife for the Holy. I walk alongside those who are suffering and afraid. I help others to discern God’s will in their own lives. I serve as a reminder of God’s presence in each moment. I am the Quaker shaman.”
~ Emma M. Churchman
While traditionalists and communitarians have accused contemporary spirituality of narcissism for decades, the emergence of corporate spirituality has prompted a new wave of cultural criticism. Is mindfulness becoming the servant of neo-liberal capitalism — a way to soothe the nerves of professionals so they can, in turn, serve the bottom line? Can spirituality do better?
Why would anyone want to remember, much less celebrate, the fact that you’re going to die?
Because it’s the truth.
– Sara Miles
“Our destiny is written in the hand.”
Eugene Peterson, author of the modern-day translation of the New Testament, “The Message”, talks about storytelling, imagination, and the role of poets and novelists in the life of the church: “we should ordain them,” he says. From the 2007 Writers Symposium by the Sea, sponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University.
In these days of pigeonholing and categorizing I come to the topic of “why my theology is public”. I honestly don’t know that it is public. Wow wasn’t that a short and sweet piece; done and finished in fewer than 30 words. And there is where the rub starts. If my theology isn’t public then…
The world needs more contemplatives, more prayerful action, more of us who are willing to say what is sacred and what is not.
We, the community that vets return to, don’t only need education about what moral injury is. We need the same spiritual solution that veterans need. If we think we don’t, if we separate out us from them, I fear we will all stay in the same denial, the same lies that keep us fighting our own demons, alone, separated from each other and from God.
Willson Lectures from Monday, February 17th. Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock speaking on the topic: When Does War End? Moral Injury and Soul Repair. You can view full event at our website here: