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I work as a teacher, poet and spiritual director at a number of institutions in the DC area. My teaching focuses in various ways on writing, poetry, Spirituality and Christian vocation and ministry - especially from the point of view of the laity. I also offer classes and retreats encouraging people to explore their inner lives, engage their creativity and reflect on their beliefs about God, vocation, and how we can discern and pursue new ways to transform our broken world. I enjoy speaking of faith in the secular academy as well as reminding those preparing for ministry in the Church that our primary purpose is to love and serve the world beyond the church's doors. I love helping people to grow in faith and to find their own voices, and I also love encouraging them to use their minds. I see no contradiction between these impulses, believing as I do that faith, reason and creativity work together.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Op-ed article in today's Times

Robert Wright's "An Easter Sermon" , on the op ed page of the NY Times today (April 7 2007) offers what seem to me to be some good insights about what we can learn today from the story of Jesus' Crucifixion, arguing that even without considering morality, there are some good strategic reasons for saying "whoever is not with us is against us," doing good to our enemies, and pursuing non-violent solutions. Food for thought, with a political edge, this Holy Saturday, always a kind of palpable "in between time" for Christians who are observing the triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.

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