Walter Wink: The Myth of Redemptive Violence

In 2009 while I was on the board of Friends for a NonViolent World we held a weekend conference titled Ways of Peace I: Nonviolence in the Christian Tradition. Theologian Walter Wink was the keynote speaker. His topic was “The … Continue reading →

Marcus Borg: Who Was Jesus, Really?

Today being Good Friday on the Christian calendar, it seems like a good time to talk about Jesus. My understanding of Jesus was radically transformed – you might say revolutionized – when I heard Marcus Borg speak in River Falls, … Continue reading →

Stonehenge in Context

In August 2014 I took a tour of the British Isles with my family. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the prehistoric monument, Stonehenge. Stonehenge has been photographed approximately 97 trillion times, and I’m sure … Continue reading →

How does it feel to be you?

During a press conference at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, Bill Murray was asked “How does it feel to be you?” Here’s his answer: … Continue reading →

Thoughts On Becoming Presiding Clerk of My Quaker Meeting

A couple of weeks ago I became the presiding clerk of Minneapolis Friends Meeting. I didn’t run for this position. I didn’t win an election; I didn’t beat a list of competing candidates. In fact, there are several other people … Continue reading →