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Do You Hear What I Hear?

December 5th, 2013 · 3 Comments · Faith and the City

I love New York City. It is my father’s birthplace. All four of my grandparents found work in Gotham. It is a thrilling metropolis overflowing with fascinating people, important challenges and unparalleled energy. There is one thing, however, that New York is not. It is not quiet. At this time of year, as flocks of tourists […]

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Rinse, wash, repeat… God?

October 17th, 2013 · Comments Off on Rinse, wash, repeat… God? · Faith and the City

Our days are patterned. They follow a rhythm. We wake up. We brush our teeth. We walk the dog. We drop the kids off at school. We hop on the bus. We work. We eat lunch. We work some more. We hop back on the bus. We exercise. We watch a little television. We sleep. […]

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Violence, Violence

September 27th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

We live in a vicious world. This past week, reporters have sprinted from one bloody scene to the next: The Westgate Mall in Nairobi All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan The Navy Yard in Washington, DC Cornell Square Park in Chicago This deluge of mayhem bows our backs and makes us wonder: “Is the world more violent […]

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Seamus Heaney 1939-2013

August 30th, 2013 · Comments Off on Seamus Heaney 1939-2013 · Faith and the City

I awoke this morning—back in NYC after summer travels, family time and study leave—to hear Seamus Heaney’s death reported on the radio. Heaney was one of Ireland’s best poets. Ever. His name belongs in the same breath as Beckett and Yeats. One of the things I cherish in Heaney’s work is his eye for the […]

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A Poem/Prayer for Summer

June 29th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

Let Me Live Grace-Fully Thank you, Lord, for this season of sun and slow motion, of games and porch sitting, of picnics and light green fireflies on heavy purple evenings; and praise for slight breezes. It’s good, God, as the first long days of your creation. Let this season be for me a time of […]

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Canine Theology

April 27th, 2012 · 5 Comments · Faith and the City

My family recently acquired a dog. Fergus is six months old. He is small (about 10 pounds), vanilla with caramel-coated ears, and fully charged with puppy zing. When someone visits our apartment, Fergus runs to them, cavorts around, and generally communicates, “You are my new most favorite person in the world!”  When I get home in […]

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“I’ve Always Coveted Your Sidewalks…”

September 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

That’s what Hani said to us. Who is Hani?  Well, Hani Shihada is a chalk artist.  If his website is accurate, he may be one of the only remaining chalk artists in the city of New York. About a year ago, I saw Hani’s work on the Upper East Side.  People were pausing, looking, snapping […]

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God, the Bull and the Bear

March 5th, 2010 · Comments Off on God, the Bull and the Bear · Faith and the City

This week, I am rooting around in an area that seems to have everyone talking:  the economy.  What went wrong?  Who (or What) is to blame for the current mess?  What is a Christian perspective on this massive, complicated, finicky thing that plays such a huge role in our lives?  One of my parishioners recently […]

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Should God make you happy?

January 29th, 2010 · Comments Off on Should God make you happy? · Faith and the City

Are you happy?  What makes you happy?  Is feeling happy the most important thing a person can feel? This past week, I have been thinking about happiness.  I have been carrying around two books on the subject.  The first is The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia.  […]

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