Over the course of my life, there’ve been three times when a cancer scare has led me to tests which have come up with a negative finding – that is, all clear. The first was 25 years ago, when I…Read more →
In his widely celebrated Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis touched on a wide range of important subjects in Catholic teaching – but notably had nothing at all to say about gay marriage, or on…Read more →
Gonna Stick My Sword in the Golden Sand: A Vietnam Soldier's Story has just been released. The title comes from a stanza of the gospel traditional, Down by the Riverside, with its refrain--"Ain't gonna study war no more." Golden Sand is a bold, dark, and intense retelling of the Vietnam experience through the eyes of an army scout that is […]
I am pleased and honored that the UCC has asked me to moderate a symposium during the games entitled Queer Christians: Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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For more images of autumn beauty, see the previous Wild Reed posts:• O Sacred Season of Autumn• "Thou Hast Thy Music Too"• An Autumn Walk by Minnehaha Creek• Autumn Hues• The Beauty of Autumn in Minnesota• Photo of the Day – September 29, 2010See also:• In Summer Light• Shadows and LightImages: Michael J. Bayly.
A new BBC adaptation of Winston Graham's acclaimed novelswill see the 2015 return of Captain Ross Poldark.Anyone remotely familiar with this blog would know that I'm a great admirer of Winston Graham's Poldark novels. Set in Cornwall at the turn-of-the-nineteenth century, a time of sharp class divisions, social upheaval, and war, I think it […]
A disclaimer: I do not know Father James Melnick. I seem to have heard the name, but on the far margins to which our Catholic church has relegated us, Steve and I have little contact with the local institution. It is hard for a church to make anyone more unwelcome than to take away their livelihood and destroy their vocations (in our case, as Catholic theolo […]
Here's an interesting set of comments at Catholic blog sites recently, for your edification:On the very same day, a person who posts comments on an ongoing basis at the National Catholic Reporter site roundly berates theologian Tina Beattie for suggesting that Catholic moral teachings including those about homosexuality might remain open to discussion, […]
Archbishop Neinstedt gives the camera his best "I would never tell a lie" expression. I just finished reading Jennifer Hasselberger's deposition released by Jeff Anderson and Associates. The deposition was given for a civil suit against the Archdiocese of Minneapolis/St Paul and involves child sexual abuse by a priest known to have serious se […]
Just getting back on my feet after eight weeks of very intense interactions with Czech kids in summer camp in the mountains. The experience was so intense I felt cut off from my own spirit from time to time, but worth every minute. What great kids.I'm getting ready to review two books, John Boyne's magnificent fictional treatment of the sex abuse […]
On a bit of a hiatus from blogging for the summer as I recollect my spirit, but I may have some reflections to share this weekend about the difficulties of young love. Been listening to tales of heartbreak from some of my young students. And young River Viiperi has broken from his partner of two years, Paris Hilton, so these must be difficult days for him as […]
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