The work of forgiveness

Forgiveness doesn’t change the past, but it releases us from the power of the past. Forgiveness doesn’t rewrite history. But it prevents our histories from asphyxiating us. Fundamentally, forgiveness transforms our past from an enemy to a friend, from a horror-show of shame to a storehouse of wisdom. In the absence of forgiveness we’re isolated […]

Spring Learning

In my own life, as winters turn into spring, I find it not only hard to cope with mud but also hard to credit the small harbingers of larger life to come, hard to hope until the outcome is secure. Spring teaches me to look more carefully for the green stems of possibility; for the […]

Daily rations

[Everyone] should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of [their] life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful implanted in the soul. Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Revelations and better days

It is not revolutions and upheavals that clear the road to new and better days, but revelations, lavishness and torments of someone’s soul, inspired and ablaze. Boris Pasternak, “After the Storm”, 1958, quoted by Meg Wheatley inĀ Finding our Way: Leadership for an uncertain time

“Though I speak with the tongues of humans and angels, and even have interactive Applets embedded in my PowerPoints, but have not pedagogy, I am become as sounding brass and a clanging cymbal” Steve Delamarter et al Teaching Theology and Religion, 2007, vol 10 no.2, pp. 64-79


Our brokenness is often so frightening to face because we live it under the curse………….The great spiritual call of the Beloved Children of God is to pull their brokenness away from the shadow of the curse and put it under the light of the blessing…….When we keep listening attentively to the voice calling us the […]

Birds without Wings

You and I used to fancy ourselves as birds, and we were very happy even when we flapped our wings and fell down and bruised ourselves, but the truth is that we were birds without wings. You were a robin and I was a blackbird, and there were some who were eagles, or vultures, or […]