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Writing in Luminous Darkness

A Conversation with Pastor Wesley Morris Being a good pastor and writer means bringing one’s whole self to the page, to the sanctuary, and to the community. For Wesley Morris, it also means embracing a “luminous darkness” – a phrase coined by mystic Howard Thurman – as a place of transformation. In this conversation, Wesley describes his […]

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Yoga & Reflection: New Year’s Edition

Sunday, January 3, 1:00pm – 3:00pm CSTWhere: livestream Register HERE As we begin a new year, let’s move our bodies and set loving and beautiful intentions for 2021. Ellie’s newest book, 12 Tiny Things, is about finding rootedness for life on the go through daily practice. It’s about taking one tiny step toward our core […]

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Eco-Peace: Reimagining the Possibility

Caren Stelson and my newest Peace-ology article is up at Bookology Magazine. Read the full article HERE. Part of our work as peacemakers is to properly situate ourselves in a web of life. We are creatures in a vast, brilliant and complex ecosystem called not to dominate, but to live with in harmonious relationship. Children […]

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The Upper Room Disciplines 2021

Are you ready for a new year? A shift in faith practice? If you are looking for a daily devotional, consider The Upper Room Disciplines: A Book of Daily Devotions 2021. I am honored to have a week of devotions published in it amidst several theologians that I deeply admire. ORDER HERE How important is […]

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Growing Gratitude in Your Home

Turns out gratitude isn’t just for November. It helps in December, too. During COVID, it is staying on top of my tiny things practice that keeps me grounded in gratitude, wanting what I have. Seeing beauty in unexpected places. And that for me makes all the difference between a good day and a bad day. […]

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Midwifing Stories in the American South: A Conversation with Josina Guess

Editors hold a hidden yet sacred role in the publishing world. As managing editor of The Bitter Southerner, writer Josina Guess works closely with storytellers to hone their work. At times she acts as midwife to writers, helping form narratives on difficult topics like domestic violence and racism. Before she became an editor, Josina attended three writing […]

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Tiny Ways to Show You Care

This holiday season, we have the opportunity to connect in new and creative ways. Just in time, 12 Tiny Things has swag! Buy your best friend and yourself matching mugs so you can feel connected over time and space each time your warm beverage offers you comfort. Or send a friend who is feeling isolated […]

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Being Heard into Speech

Episode 4 of Unlikely Conversations What role can fellow writers play in the creative process? And how can a desire to “change the world” backfire? In this episode we hear a conversation between two writers: Rev. Alexis Carter Thomas and Lyndsey Medford. They met at the Collegeville Institute’s Writing for Mystic Activists workshop in 2019 and, since […]

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Christ. Christmas. Covid.

I asked a bunch of kids what they are excited about this Christmas. As I suspected, their answers were adorable, creative, touching and deeply profound. May the children lead us straight into simplicity, joy and hope this season. Thursday November 19, the segment will be shown at Christ | Christmas | Covid, an event by […]

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Bound By Love

Humans mark time. It is one of the things church does well. We create the factors ripe for thin space. We write liturgy and build ritual where we can see, touch, ingest, and internalize the fleeting holy. We hold space to say things that need to be said. To plant signposts on the path. To […]

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