Barbara Melosh and I are writing buddies. We met at a week-long writing workshop hosted by Collegeville Institute (MN) in 2012. She joined my writing group, making the commitment to drive all the way from Wilmington, DE to northern VA every other week. I mention that because so many people think … [Read more...] about Loving and Leaving a Church, by Barbara Melosh, a book review
Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family is a book of personal essays describing the author's experiences as wife, mother, and minister. The subjects are discrete, but since the essays overlap and build, it's easy to read them like chapters in a novel. The reader certainly becomes … [Read more...] about Any Day a Beautiful Change, a book review
Sara Miles wrote Take This Bread, about a feeding ministry she began in St. Gregory's Episcopal church in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her parents were devout atheists but one day she wandered into St. Gregory's and was compelled by the experience of receiving open communion. She said: Feed my … [Read more...] about Quotes from FFW: Sara Miles
I heard Kathleen Norris talk about "acedia" at the Festival of Faith & Writing. Acedia is an ancient term for a sin which can be defined as apathy, or boredom, or more precisely, "why bother." She quoted some very profound writers on the subject. It seems that in the 4th century acedia was a … [Read more...] about Got Acedia? Who cares.