Loving, or Right? Loving AND Right?

There’s a new book floating around Evangelical circles, Rob Bell’s Love Wins. The gist of this book is that maybe it’s not all about theological correctness and saying "the prayer" before you die so you can escape hell and get into heaven. Maybe God is love. Maybe love wins. As you can imagine, people who are concerned about hell are concerned about this message. They don’t want people to burn for eternity. They want to know what is right and wrong, and they want to you to know it too. Because damn it, the consequences are dire. It's nice, really, given that world view. They just want to keep you safe. ...more

It sounds like Bell brings up a lot to think about...

Great post.

Grace Hwang ...more

8 Creative Approaches to Grief

As Dias de los Muertos approaches, or All Soul’s Day, I'm delighted to have blogger Kara Jones from Mother Henna with us to talk to us about creative ways to address and honor our grief. ...more

Artful Artists are Good for the Soul

For years now I’ve worked a non-traditional minister and my speciality is spirituality and the arts. But my best lesson came not from my seminary training, nor from the numerous hours I’ve spent studying spiritual direction. The best lesson I ever learned about art and spirituality came from one of my ministerial partners, Israel Button, who told me: “People intuit truth through art. You have to use art to preach.”...more

Christian Conference features an All-Female Speaking Roster

As I write this is the final day of Christianity 21 – a new kind of conference for A New Kind of Christian. C21 featured an entirely female speaking roster, but was not a women’s conference. (I know, shocking!) In fact, it has been reported that the men who are normally the big name speakers at these gigs (Doug Pagitt, Shane Clairborne, etc.) were all happily staffing the welcome tables and passing out the nametags. ...more

A Novel Approach to Menstruation and Spirituality

Your period. Cramps, tampons, mood swings and…a spiritual experience?...more

The title Sabbath time rings very true.  How much more balanced could we be if we took ...more

A Goy Girl's Guide to Yom Kippur

Sunday night at sundown will mark the beginning of the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement. As a child growing up as a Christian I was always fascinated by this holiday celebrated by my religious cousins. It seemed to me to be the solemn yang to the celebratory ying of Rosh Hashanah, the Judaic New Year. (Hurrah!...more

I married into the faith, but have so much to learn.  

More than anything, though, ...more

Celebrating the Autumn Equinox 'Round the Table

In the northern hemisphere, this Wednesday marks the Autumn Equinox, the first day of fall. How will you celebrate? ...more

A Goy Girl's Guide to Rosh Hashanah

Rocks for Rosh Hashanah: A RememberanceIt is time for us to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and a glorious new season. Friends have gathered here to perform the tashlikh, an ancient ceremony in which we cast stones into a body of water to symbolize that our sins and misdeeds are removed from us, and that we can begin our new year with a clean slate. Although I have been ordained I am not, in the conventional sense, a very good Christian. ...more

Rites of Passage for Back to School


My mum still has them : )

Some years, that was the only picture of the four of us ...more

Finding Balance

Tonight I was having dinner with a friend of mine who is a business professor at a prestigious graduate school. While the guys grilled the steaks, she and I wandered around my studio with our glasses of wine. We stopped in front a my wall of dreamboards – a series of collages embodying my intentions month by month. When we got to one that said “Do Less,” she sighed a little and said,  “Tell me this Rachelle, do you think someone can ever get all their ducks in a row?” My reply? ...more

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