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A Source of Hope

A Source of Hope

When my mom and I were living in a car, I never had the sense that we were doomed. In part, that’s because my mom simply emanated hope. That woman never gave up. Ever. What I learned from her is that hope is what keeps us going even when the odds are not in our favor....
Getting Down To The Real Work

Getting Down To The Real Work

Part of my calling as a Bishop in the Episcopal Church is to help other people discern their own calling. Some people are called to ordained ministry. But it’s important to understand that everybody—and I do mean everybody—is called.  When people talk to me about...
How To Follow Your Calling

How To Follow Your Calling

We’re gradually emerging from the coronavirus pandemic. And along with the relief I’ve been feeling has come a sober recognition. We were already in another sort of epidemic before anyone had ever heard of COVID-19. Aggression, addiction, and anxiety are symptoms of...
Being True to Yourself

Being True to Yourself

In the old days of Hollywood, film actors could get work only if they contractually bound themselves to one of the few big studios. Part of the deal frequently involved a name change. Roy Scherer, Jr., became Rock Hudson. You may know him as Cary Grant, but his mama...
The Good Place

The Good Place

It’s not like me. Honestly. But I confess that I binge-watched the entire first season of The Good Place. Friends have been assuring me that I would love it. One of the main characters is an ethicist, and I too was once a philosophy professor. As it turns out, the...