Gentle Defiance


One definition of “Defiance” is “contempt of danger.”  The Latin root of the word is disfidare and is a combination of two words: “away” (dis) and fidus “faithful.” The word came from a 12th century attempt to make a new word which shifted belief or fidelity from danger to engagement;...

Purring


New Mexico Sunset glaze, cascading, Cone 6, Oxidation, Stoneware, 2018 The constellations of colors created by just two glazes on this urn – one poured over the other – in this few inches tell me everything I need to know about that entity we call “God.”  The sister vase to...

A new kind of Epiphany


“Do you see this woman?” says Jesus in Luke’s version of this story of the anointing of Jesus’ feet. Epiphany comes from the word for manifestation, not brightness. Can we see the making manifest of beauty or do we just look for sin? Of course they see this woman.  She...

Milk Bones and Oreos


We like to think death and evil(s) are Lenten while birth and joy are Christmassy.  Not convinced.  It meets are aged need for dualism and compartmentalizing but that is not a good long-term strategy for coping. It kicks the can down the road. They say that getting out of Hell...

lights and chocolate


Epiphany This is one of my recent works for the Weyrich Art Gallery in Albuquerque.  It is called “Epiphany” for the star in the midnight blue of the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany - seasons of longing, labor and brightness.  It is stoneware in a Blue Orion glaze with...

I am taking a break


Friends and readers;   I have been watching what is going on in the church and feel that I need to, for a while, avert my eyes.   We are therefore going to suspend weekly Daily Sip and Fearless Fundraising articles in my blogs and on Episcopal Cafe.  I do...

placenta


“There is something in the soul which is only God….The seed of God within us. If the seed had a good wise and industrious cultivator, it would thrive and grow up into God.  Now the seed of a pear tree grows into a pear tree…the seed of God into God....

Busy: how it kills and how to recover from it


“Hello.  My name is Charles and I have a work-addiction.” “Hello Charles.” That is how the work-addiction meetings begin. But I don’t really like the term “work-addiction” because it does not adequately tell the whole story of the addiction nor of the addict.   I prefer “busy-addiction.”  It titles and...

…and…


This is Kai-the dog.  He goes with me wherever I go and challenges with his very being this idea of an angry, domesticated God we seek to describe.  Kai-the-dog has accompanied me for 12 years.  Every night he licks my forehead before going to sleep and every morning he waits...