Still Learning

Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know before you learned it. - Maya Angelou A few years ago I had a conversation with a professor who had just spent several months abroad during a sabbatical year, and we got...

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The Grace of Endings

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash To make routine a stimulus / Remember it can cease  / Capacity to terminate– /  Is a specific grace.  Emily Dickinson I love new beginnings.  January first, the summer solstice, the start of the academic year (no matter that my student years are long passed, that Tuesday after Labor Day will always put a spring in my...

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The Light of Haitian Hope

As the wheels of our plane touched down in Cap-Haïtien, the bright Haitian sunlight flooded through the plane’s dirty windows. I had just arrived for a weeklong immersion experience with classmates and professors to learn about the lives of...

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Madeline Jarrett

This past summer, I had the opportunity to serve as a chaplain at a hospital in my hometown. While I learned a number of invaluable lessons, the most powerful of them all revolved around the concept of gift. I...

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Waiting for the light…..

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Cultivating Gratitude and Wonder for Others

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” –Fred RogersHave you ever...

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Insights and Outbursts: Searching for spiritual nourishment in troubled times

“One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.” John O’Donohue, Eternal Echoes: Celtic...

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The Gift of Addressing How to Live And Die Well

Talking about living well is a generally enjoyable topic: what are the things that make life pleasant and bring me joy? That’s something I can definitely get my head around discussing. But talking about dying well? Not so much...

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Hearing Silenced and Overlooked Stories

Pope Francis challenges us to "look into the face of the asylum seeker and really hear their story so that they are no longer a stranger to be feared and we can no longer be indifferent to their need." ...

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A Portrait of the Face of the Church

Before a dear friend invited me to hear her speak, I had never heard of Joan Chittister. A few days after accepting the invitation, my friend and I attended the book release for her recently published biography. In what...

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