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At the Pacific School of Religion: A GTU Story

     In the Beginning When I got to the GTU in 2012, I was already wrapping up a lifelong relationship with a small and conservative evangelical church.   The breakup had been long in coming. As I began to transition out of Religious Studies at Cal and into graduate school, it became obvious to me… Read more »

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The Wild Goose Chase

     The Place   Wild Goose is hard to describe. It’s something like a Christian music and arts festival. But the music doesn’t suck, and the adults are generally excited to be there. Plus hipster food stalls and craft beer.     The crowd was inclusive, interdenominational, interreligious, with an abundance of inked bodies, rainbow haircuts,… Read more »

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3 Things I Learned Teaching for the First Time

At the start of the semester I received a last-minute inquiry regarding my interest in interviewing for a part-time, short-term position at the Pacific School of Religion, one of the member schools at the Graduate Theological Union. The course attracted more enrollees than expected, creating an opening for a teaching assistant.  Like a good doctoral student I… Read more »

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Coming Full Circle: The Gungor Show

For my birthday last month my friend and patron Norman took me to see Gungor.   The experience was surreal.   The show itself was—in the words of Mike the Science Guy—consciously “weird” (although I think what he meant was “post-modern”). Before the show I was chatting it up with the gentleman behind the bar,… Read more »

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So its Called “My Seminary Blog” But…

I call this My Seminary Blog, but there is one thing I should make clear: I’m not a seminarian. More precisely, I’m a doctoral student, studying Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union, which is (among other things) a consortium of seminaries and centers for religious study.     So technically I’m not a seminarian,… Read more »

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5 Reasons I Went Catholic

When an old friend heard that I was in the process of converting to Catholicism (sorry: “entering into full communion with the Catholic Church”) he was baffled.   He asked “Because it’s easier?”   Most people who heard about my new direction responded positively, if with some surprise. A few of my conservative friends were… Read more »

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“The Whole World Will Perish—Yes it Will, Yes it Will!”

Today my crazy neighbor reminded me of why I do what I do.   I don’t know his name or his diagnosis but he knows me, somehow; perhaps he has seen me in the back row at church. Once as we passed on the street he looked at me and snarled, “I know you! You’re nothing… Read more »

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The Worst Case of Writer’s Block

I’m suffering right now from excruciating writer’s block. I have a million things I should be working on, and several that I actually want to be working on, but I can’t seem to focus. Something is wrong. It isn’t time yet. I don’t feel ready. Or is this just typical procrastination nonsense? I’m afraid of something…. Read more »