Naked

Listen to Audio My father Sam was the youngest of thirteen children. The Owensbys lived in a tiny house typical of their Depression-era mill village. Jammed into tight quarters, the older sisters doted on their baby brother like a little prince. Norman Rockwell’s “Surprise” His older brothers took a dimmer view of my dad. In…

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A Response to the Primates Meeting

The Primates of the Anglican Communion have been meeting over the past several days. While their agenda addresses a range of significant challenges facing us, news outlets have focused on a communique that someone leaked prematurely and has, as a result, been issued prior to the end of the meeting. As the headlines read, a…

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Gradually

Listen to the Audio Baptismal candidates come in all shapes and sizes.  Sleeping babies come to the font in their parents’ arms. The warm water gently rouses some. They smile and gaze up at the priest. Others wail. The music or the movement or a stranger’s arms have jarred them awake. William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s “Before the…

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