Faith, Holiness, and Judgment Part 3: A Lighthouse

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

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Faith, Holiness, and Judgment Part 1: A Deeper Magic

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

An Argument for a Substantive Communion

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