confession

personal narratives

Grace Period

Losing Our Selves, But Never Getting Lost

An excerpt from KtB e-book Grace Period: A Memoir In Pieces.

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On Redeeming Other People

…whether they want you to or not.

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A Project of Patient Endurance

Running and the spiritual life.

Photo by Nathan Schneider.

Narrative of a Moneyless elf

Recounting the challenges and benefits of life in the commons, without currency or government documents.

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A Murderer and a Saint

Father Junipero Serra, the missions, and me.

Photo by John St John via Flickr

Out For Coffee

The sociable beverage becomes a grief ritual.

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Baptisms for the Dead

When is a choice not a choice?

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Fine Homebuilding

On fatherhood and belated grace.

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Faith Enough

Visions come at the worst possible time.

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Mother’s Day in North Carolina

An encounter between very different Baptists.

windyroad[Editor's note: you can read about Ashley's experience with biking as a "survivor" in the 2014 Closer to Free ride here. She has written more about cancer and her work with refugees here and in her KtB e-book <em>You Were Strangers: Dispatches From Exile</em>.]

Easter, A Bright Sadness

Death is a kind of light.

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The Buddha Loves Boundaries

Being in the moment doesn’t mean they can punch you in the face.

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The Carnival of Confession

An ex-Jesuit asks: can this sacrament be liberated?

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No Perfect Church

Loving our bitter failure.

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On Black Anti-Semitism

From the new memoir Letter To Jimmy (Soft Skull Press), translated from the French by Sara Meli Ansari.

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Boyfight

By the author of Sister Golden Hair: A Novel, published this week by Tin House.

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Bindrune

It is the most important spell I will ever cast.

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The Niagara River

An excerpt from the novel High As The Horses’ Bridles, published this week by Henry Holt.