Father Richard Rohr on Lent

Did you ever notice that Jesus does not tend to give what we would call “inspiring” or “motivational” talks? He is not a football coach, nor does he try to engage your will power as such. Your common Christian sense would deny this until you actually study his recorded Gospel …

Alphabet Soup: NGLI & CPR

Happy New Year, dear ones! I write to you having just returned from Carefree, Arizona, where I spent a wonderful (if not entirely care-free) week with about 60 other young, passionate UCC clergy as part of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI),  a program of the UCC Pension Boards to …

An Experimental Age

Religious affiliation in America is changing faster now than in all of American history.  It puts the Second Great Awakening to shame.  …

Congregational Vocation

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty …

The Ministry of Spiritual Direction

Over the past several months, in my preaching and in informal conversation, you have heard me speak about my experience receiving the …

All Gifts Are Spiritual Gifts

We are about midway through the holy season of Lent, a season of introspection, repentance, spiritual renewal, and anticipatory waiting for the …