Independence and Freedom

Happy America Day! July 4th, the day we celebrate our independence from those rotten English types. It’s the perfect day to work your way through the Mel Gibson trilogy of anti-England movies: Gallipoli (all Aussies should hate England), Braveheart (all Scots and everyone else in the U.K. should hate England), and The Patriot (all Americans […]


Domesticated ChickenFest West 2015

In less than three weeks, the most stupendous, restful, encouraging, restorative festival of spiritual refreshment and renewal ever devised by human minds will be taking place in Big Basin Redwood State Park. That’s right, friends. It is almost time, once again, for Domesticated ChickenFest West! This year the theme is Health. Mental health. Spiritual health. […]


Gay Marriage: The Law of the Land

I confess, I’m a little surprised. The Supreme Court actually issued a ruling dealing with the substance of the question. It didn’t appeal to technicalities or procedural issues. The Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry. It has been awhile since I’ve dealt with the civil side of this issue on my blog. […]


Were You There? Liturgy After Charleston

At The Table we use Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals as the structure for our service. The readings, song, and litany could not have been better for a day in which the church must lead its people, not only in mourning, but in confessing the racism that continues to infect us. For today, […]


In the wake of the Charleston attack, there has been a fantastic collaborative compiling of resources pouring out over Twitter. Follow the #CharlestonSyllabus hashtag for a rich feast of resources to get up to speed on the racist legacy that still haunts our hearts and our country. #charlestonsyllabus Tweets


Rule of Law and U.S. Incarceration Rates

Here are a few things I learned today: The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. (With the exception of Seychelles, whose 780something prisoners in a country roughly the size of Bend, Oregon, gives it top billing.) Our nearly 700 prisoners per 100,000 people is five and a half […]