Opinion

At Easter’s threshold: Standing between this world and the world to come

Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn; Through the storm, through the night,...

Palm Sunday reflection: I love to hear the story

Six months ago, while brainstorming inexpensive Christmas gifts for church friends, I planted a date palm. I actually tried to plant a few palm trees....

A few words—from the Dalai Lama—for Lent’s last lap

For many years I have followed the advice of sage Christians when it came to Lenten observance. This year, however, I have been learning...

COVID-19’s impossible choices: What is the church’s ministry to the dying?

Thirty years ago, in seminary, we would often talk about the situations and emergencies that might overcome us in ministry. We talked of the...

From the Primate: Lamentation as a gift

At a recent meeting those present acknowledged that nothing will ever be the same again, even after the urgency of COVID-19 has passed. In...

How to build a prayer corner—and bring the communion of saints home

One evening, during the second week of March, in the Time of the Virus, I shut my computer quickly, after gulping down some of...

The end of church as we know it? (And I feel fine?)

The church may be ending as we know it, says the Rev. Kyle Wagner—but as we look beyond today’s crisis, what new life might...

From the Primate: ‘Where is God?’

The most challenging question for any person of faith is “Where is God in the midst of suffering?” It is the question that is...

‘Gone by 2040?’ How about ‘Transformed by 2021?’

COVID-19’s tragic spread has launched the church into a staggeringly fast period of transformation, argues Canon David Harrison—one that could change how Anglicans perceive...

The Grace of Being Stuck

My friend Cheryl and I were planning a trip to the Holy Land during Lent. We were to fly out on March 8th and...

Finding beauty—and God’s grace—in self-isolation

Almost three years ago now, my partner and I left our home in Rochester, New York, and set off on a somewhat bizarre tour...

COVID-19 and us

We are facing an unprecedented pandemic in the COVID-19 crisis. Although we have seen serious illnesses emerge in the past 20 years, we have...

COVID-19: Finding God, trusting others and expressing our fears

COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that has swept the globe, is not the first pandemic I have experienced. If you count...

Sin, Grief, and Jean Vanier

The news about L’Arche International founder Jean Vanier hit last week: He “initiated sexual relations” with at least six (non-disabled) women, “usually in the...

Why I stand with the five traditional leaders of Wet’suwet’en—especially now

As I write this, the Ontario Provincial Police are acting to clear the Mohawk action of solidarity with the five Wet’suwet’en traditional leaders, the...