Being in Communion: Come and Navigate the Sea of Story with Me!

Have you ever had the surreal experience of realizing you’re inside someone else’s breakthrough moment? When you’re seeing the lightbulb go off, or someone come to terms with their past, all right in front of your eyes? As though Oprah herself had suddenly come into the room and given everyone free stuff. Well, I had an experience like that recently. I was at a writer’s workshop. One of the writers there was…

Being in Communion: How to Create Culture during Coronavirus, part 1

How are you all feeling? I’ve gone through the gamut of freaked out to cautiously optimistic to excited. Most of the time, I feel encouraged by much of what I see and I feel the profound rightness of this happening at this moment. Yes, there is much that is frightening and painful. But there is much more that is good, I’m convinced of it. As a friend of mine and priest said…

Being in Communion: Authors in Conversation, an Ocean Apart

It’s all a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? Especially if you spend too much time reading the news media. There was a time (I think) when the news was concerned with facts and truth. Now, it seems that the most important thing they’re interested in is inducing panic by any means necessary. Oh well. I prefer to focus on the positives of this interesting time we’re living in. It’s a time to descend…

Being in Communion: The New Nicodemus

What a strange time. We have never been so interconnected, so interdependent, so close to one another. And now, we have never been so incapable of dealing (emotionally, financially, spiritually) with a pandemic. In times like these, it’s especially helpful, I think, to read stories that help us make sense of our reality. We are storytelling creatures, our Savior spoke in stories (parables), and we are singularly incapable of dealing cooly, rationally…

New Blog Series: Being in Communion

The world is going mad around us. Who knew that it wouldn’t be the zombie apocalypse, but a virus with a mortality rate less than some flu epidemics? People are fighting in store aisles for toilet paper. Some lovely human beings are trying to financially capitalize on the sufferings of others by buying (and reselling) tens of thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer. And the best, culturally, that we seem to be…