When God Gave Up On Humans

It came to pass, in the 21st century, that God gave up on the human race. He scrawled his message across the sky in words that were understood by every tribe and nation: “You are on your own. In 20 centuries, you have failed to love each other. You use me as a reason to hate and kill. You endanger your children. You poison your planet. I am done with you. You’ll have to find me in each Continue reading

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Colbert Interviews Jesus: It’s All About Joy

  It’s All About Joy I woke up last night to the sound of laughing and realized I’d fallen asleep with the TV on. I recognized Stephen Colbert’s voice but had to fumble around for my glasses to see who his guest was. Incredible! It was Jesus, in his robe and sandals, and there it was winter in New York City. His nose was bigger than I thought, his skin a lot darker, and his eyes more Continue reading

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Dressing for War

I have been hopeful, prayerful, committed to the positive, the good, the light shining through. I visualize justice, affirm fairness, put dollars and love in the hands of the poor, but every day the light is eclipsed by a curtain of darkness. It is rolling in like the tide, taking our breath away, drowning our hope, our memories of a kind and gentle nation. I am putting on my combat gear, dressing for war against this tsunami Continue reading

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The Many Sides of Telling a Story

  I spoke with a friend yesterday who’s recovering from breast cancer. I’ve known her for thirty years. When I asked how she was doing, she said, “Well, I’m learning how to get my story right.” “Remember that story about me hunting with my father when I was a teen?” she asked. “The one where I had my .22 rifle and Dad went up ahead with the dog to flush out some quail?” “Yes, I remember. You Continue reading

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Learning the Art of Spiritual Storytelling

The path of spiritual evolution is one of the rockiest and most perilous of paths— filled with conflict, pitfalls and drama. For a writer, that’s the good news. Jan Phillips Here’s a nutshell description of a spiritual memoir that’s being shopped around right now by an agent in Manhattan: Accidental Mystic is a memoir of sensual awakening and spiritual transformation. It follows the trajectory of a young, Catholic lesbian who shape-shifts from misfit to mystic as she Continue reading

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Why Your Story Matters

One night during a lecture by Gloria Steinem at Syracuse University, a female student in her twenties stood up at the podium during the question and answer period. She said that she had been raised in a family with four brothers and a father who was abusive to their mother as well as the children. She was concerned be­cause she was noticing that her brothers were becoming abusive to their girl­friends and that all she knew to Continue reading

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