I once sang Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The historic hall sits on Woodward Ave., just north of downtown Detroit. The inside is beautiful ornaments of red and gold—the old wooden floor of the stage marked with scratches from the best musicians of the twentieth century. And most importantly, … Continue reading Faith, Holiness, and Judgment Part 3: A Lighthouse
Maybe it’s some lost sense of home for the farm I grew up on, but I’ve always loved The Waltons. The advice John Walton gives John-Boy in this scene reflects the kind of character that my dad has been in my life. In a lot of ways, I think my family grew up with a … Continue reading Faith, Holiness, and Judgment Part 2: A Heritage
I spent my afternoon packed under warm blankets in my cold basement crying my way through the last episode of Downton Abbey. I had watched scattered episodes when it originally aired on PBS but had old moth holes in my conception of the storyline during particularly intense weeks of school. One of the joys of … Continue reading Faith, Holiness, and Judgment Part 1: A Deeper Magic
I've been reading Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird for my expository writing class. It's stretching me as a person and as an author. I cried my way through the last chapter a few weeks ago, and I want to share just a snippet here with you: And this is another reason to write: people need us, … Continue reading Where Have They All Gone? Part 2: Facing Facts on the Exclusion of LGBT in the Church
My school recently renovated our student center. It's beautiful and new and exiting, complete with cafeteria restaurants and gender-neutral bathrooms. As a whole, our campus is fairly diverse---right in the heart of Detroit. We're situated between churches, mosques, museums, art galleries, concert halls, and iconic bars. My friends and fellow students on campus are a … Continue reading Where Have They All Gone? Part 1: Considering a Spiritless Church
An elderly woman in the front row was having a heart attack. The church had wooden pews and stained-glass windows of various biblical scenes. Speaking from the large maple-wood pulpit, the priest was halfway through his sermon when the woman showed signs of trouble. The couple sitting along the same pew slid over to her to help. In hushed whispers, … Continue reading An Argument for a Substantive Communion
Here is the first episode of Give Me Space, a podcast written and produced by me.