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Planting pines, praying for peace

When someone mentioned the benefits of white pines recently at an ecological design course I was taking in California, my ears perked up. I’d just coordinated the purchase of 100 white pine seedlings before I departed home, to be planted along the road at the retreat center where I work,…  [more]

The real reason we sleep together

Though I don’t love to travel without my family, I confess: when I’m away on a speaking gig or at a conference, nothing quite thrills me like opening a hotel door and realizing I’ll get to enjoy a whole bed. To myself. And yet, after only one night indulging in…  [more]

A theology of maps

Editor’s note: John Van Sloten is at it again. Always looking for God’s presence in the everyday, he recently preached on the providence of God as revealed through the cultural lens of maps. “Maps tell stories,” John says. “They show us … how things fit together.” And they can do…  [more]

Reparations, privilege and communal sin

Like many, I was impressed, troubled and moved by the most recent Atlantic cover story, “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It’s a complicated essay on a difficult topic, since it is so entwined with history, identity, shame and guilt. What I found most helpful was the way Coates…  [more]

The unassuming faith of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou didn’t call herself a Christian. The famed poet, memoirist, activist and author, who chronicled her life in several autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, saw calling yourself a Christian as referring to something that was complete, rather than a work in progress. “I’m always amazed…  [more]

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