Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents – a Book Blog

We have been inundated recently with book lists that encourage us to learn about and practice racial reconciliation. That is certainly justified, given our reluctance to learn lessons from history, and our stubbornness to advocate for equity in the long term. Even as we read all we can, sometimes all the book subjects seem toContinue reading “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents – a Book Blog”

Learning to Speak God from Scratch – a Book Blog

A few things caught my attention right from the start when this book was published in late summer, 2018. First, the book was written by former Religion News Service journalist Jonathan Merritt, and I’ve been a fan for a few years. He is a freelance writer now, focusing his blog on Faith & Culture, whileContinue reading “Learning to Speak God from Scratch – a Book Blog”

The Greatest Privilege

At Arapaho UMC in Richardson, Texas, we are in the middle of a sermon series titled, “Unmasked.” We are acknowledging various attitudes, feelings, and actions that need to be unmasked in our world right now. This past Sunday’s sermon was about Unmasking Justice, listen to Pastor Scott share about it if you’d like. I wasContinue reading “The Greatest Privilege”

Holy Envy – reflections on the book

Barbara Brown Taylor refers to herself as a writer, speaker, and spiritual contrarian. She’s also an ordained Episcopalian priest whose daily vocation is professor of Religious Studies at Piedmont College in North Carolina. In Holy Envy, Taylor’s fourteenth book, we are treated to another memoir of a sliver of Taylor’s life. The question she answersContinue reading “Holy Envy – reflections on the book”

Flunking Sainthood, by Jana Reiss

“Flunking Sainthood” A BOOK BLOG BY REV. CATHY SWEENEY I first read Jana Reiss on social media. She has a wicked sense of humor, as I learned when she undertook the task to tweet the Bible. Yes, tweet the Bible. Over a three-year period, Riess summarized the Bible into 140 characters a day. For example,Continue reading “Flunking Sainthood, by Jana Reiss”


Micah 3:5-8 5 Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets     who lead my people astray, who cry “Peace”     when they have something to eat, but declare war against those     who put nothing into their mouths. 6 Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision,     and darkness to you, without revelation. The sun shall go down upon the prophets,Continue reading “Enough.”

Social Graces in a Such a Time as This

This morning, NY Times’ columnist David Brooks shared “The Golden Age of Bailing.”  He ponders whether we have become immune to last-minute cancellations, or “bailing.” He’s got a point – and I’m sure many of us agree. Who among us hasn’t used a last minute excuse to cancel a meeting, or a social gathering, orContinue reading “Social Graces in a Such a Time as This”