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    The Strange Absurdity of Scorekeeping in <i>The Good Place</i>

    The Strange Absurdity of Scorekeeping in The Good Place

    A bonzer contribution from one Sam Guthrie: With seasons 1 and 2 of NBC’s The Good Place streaming on Netflix, Kristen Bell and gang bring the laughs with the show’s expository mirror reflecting the religiosity of our modern world. The Good Place follows the adventure of Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) as she navigates her existence […]

    An Open Letter to the Charter Representative

    An Open Letter to the Charter Representative

    This reflection comes to us from Rebecca Lankford. I have a confession: I recently ruined the day of a perfectly innocent Charter service representative. Or at least, I am fairly certain I did. My call to the Charter hotline began with a mere question about billing. An hour and several Charter employees later, my issue […]

    Reckoning with Female Rage

    Reckoning with Female Rage

    Thankful for this one from Sarah Gates. One of my favorite podcasts is “Call Your Girlfriend,” self-described as “a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere,” co-hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. I listen to it nearly every Friday for a number of reasons, including the no-holds-barred attitudes of the hosts, their passionate feminism, and their […]

    Turnips, Kiddies, and Icons

    Turnips, Kiddies, and Icons

    This reflection comes to us from Kim Kaufmann, part of the team at StoryMakersNYC (our awesome new children’s ministry initiative). Hold up an old, dried, brown, and knobbly turnip to a kid, and what do they say? “That looks like Gramma!” “It smells like poop!” “I bet there’s a fairy living inside!” “It’s a tree for […]

    What If My Whole Life Has Been Wrong?

    What If My Whole Life Has Been Wrong?

    A stirring face-off with existential dread, by Eric Youngblood: An unopened bill still must be paid. I suspect we have all realized it to be so. Even though your mortgage statement sits stacked and unexamined on top of bills from the water company, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Comcast, none of them can go untended to […]

    Healing in the Middle

    Healing in the Middle

    This piece comes to us from Andrew Taylor-Troutman. When I say Asa, I sing Asa – Bry Webb, “Asa” Our middle child is named Asa, which means Healer in Hebrew. His biblical namesake was the fifth ruler in the House of David, the third king of Judah. In his two and a half years, our […]

    When Obligation Freezes the Feelings: Sensing God with C.S. Lewis

    When Obligation Freezes the Feelings: Sensing God with C.S. Lewis

    This one comes to us from Scott Dalton. I thought I saw how stories of this kind [fairy tales] could steal past a certain inhibition which had paralyzed much of my own religion in childhood. Why did one find it so hard to feel as one was told one ought to feel about God or about the […]

    We Once Were Lost

    We Once Were Lost

    This reflection comes to us from Andreas Thiel. Two afternoons every week, I take a short drive to our local Long Term Care facility. On these occasions, I put my day-to-day parish responsibilities aside, for the purpose of serving as Chaplain to this community of (mostly) senior citizens. Now into my fourth month on the job, […]

    <i>Eighth Grade</i>: AKA Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

    Eighth Grade: AKA Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

    This reflection comes to us from Andy Clack. Middle school. Boys. Girls. Assemblies. Lockers. Meatloaf. Gym class. Talent shows. Choir practice. Braces. Acne. Whispering. Giggling. Blushing. Looking away. FREAKING OUT. Your mind grows. Your body changes. Your spirit breaks. Your parents suck. No, seriously, they’re the worst. Middle school. I think about it a lot, […]

    Microplastics and Macrograce

    Microplastics and Macrograce

    This one comes to us from Amanda McMillen.  I come from a family of Greek women that collect seashells. On every beach trip, we’d pack empty buckets and leave room in the car to lug our treasures home. I’ve since learned that stealing pounds of shells from beaches is not good practice for clams and […]

    Movies Are Prayers: An Interview With Josh Larsen

    Movies Are Prayers: An Interview With Josh Larsen

    This interview comes to us from Daniel Melvill Jones. Josh Larsen is a rare film writer who effortlessly interacts with two distinct audiences. Josh is the co-host of Filmspotting, a public radio show and one of the most popular film podcasts. But Josh also is the editor of Think Christian, an online magazine associated with […]

    After Suicide

    After Suicide

    This one comes to us from Faith Perry. Hi, my name is Faith. I’m in Room 22. Today I’m feeling anxious and confused. My goal for the day is to get the most out of groups.” “Faith. Faith is feeling anxious and confused. Her goal for today is to get the most out of the […]