confession

personal narratives

"The songs seem to come from somewhere ancient and strange."

Four Tables

A Passover story of family and wine from Half/Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes.

"I don't know tongues, but I know how Holy Ghost people talk to the Lord."

My Holy Ghost People

When a family speaks in tongues, can an unbelieving daughter find her voice?

"Yeah, but don't you want to look good?"

How Do I Look?

As the old saying goes: If you’re not a slobby activist when you’re twenty, you don’t have a heart. If you’re not a fashion plate by thirty, it’s time to go shopping.

"Christ and Buddha" by Ruth Jones

The Temptation of Belief

What happens when you envy those whose faith you fear?

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The Cross and the Color Line

They killed King Jesus and Dr. King. Can anything ever be all right again?

"Burma is a dangerous place! I know, I saw Beyond Rangoon!"

Motherly Love

Thus spoke Buddha’s mother: Fine, fine, be enlightened. But would it kill you to call now and then?

"It is enough that there is a world, after all."

Running on Faith

Where is God? Chasing an answer when you can’t see the road ahead.

"Are we Jewish?" I asked my father. "Only when they come around for the camps next time," he said.

The Conditional Jew

A child of hippies wonders when she is what she is, and why.

"It isn't about the absence of germs."

Getting Clean

What is the sound of one hand washing again and again and again?

"Faith is not a style."

A Slut for Faith

Leaving God at the altar, and other tips for marital bliss.

"A poverty that would keep us free."

It Makes Great Press

A group of New England Buddhists finds Zen in the art of panhandling–but at what cost?

The Marrakech Express

Night Train to Marrakech

The clash of monotheisms as seen from the cramped quarters of a sleeper car.

"If Buddha had played a trick like that on me, I would've torn his goddamn head off."

White Ashes

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but the loss of a loved one will haunt you forever.

The Ten Plagues, detail

Exodus

A Passover reading from Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible.

Pope John Paul II

The Last Papal Picture Show

The life, death, and ever-changing image of an icon.

"Confronted with the Gospel of John, I could not hide behind metaphor..."

Singing the Passion

A Jewish chorist tries to harmonize with the Gospel of John.

"No deus climbed from the machina..."

Praying the Deus ex Machina

Can words pull God from his machine?

“I wonder if I will fall over, under the power of the Spirit of God…”

Fresh! Joy!

Not quite slain in the spirit at Oral Roberts University.