King: The sand fight

Aug 28, 2017 by

One cousin was already at the beach. When the other topped the dune and they spied one another, both galloped across sand and their different ages, 3 and nearly 5, arms outstretched. It was a thrill to watch,...

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King: Weaving the new

Jun 5, 2017 by

When our commencement speaker falls ill, we two deans at Eastern Mennonite Seminary become co-presenters. I prepare based on what I notice en route to commencement: Prisoners in Israel-Palestine go on hunger...

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Book review: ‘A Doubter’s Guide to God’

Apr 10, 2017 by

When I was young, I had no idea normal people doubted God. So when I doubted, I was ashamed. Normal people believed. They flourished as Christians and at church. I wasn’t normal. I was bad. Roger Martin’s...

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King: Buying the field even when it’s idiotic

Mar 13, 2017 by

Even more unsettling than usual: the stories in the Feb. 25 New York Times. There is Srinivas Kuchibhotia, an Indian immigrant and his friend shot in a Kansas bar by a man who wants them out of “his” U.S....

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King: ‘A treaty between your love and mine’

Dec 19, 2016 by

In distress, my daughter who loves the music of Leonard Cohen phoned us just after the U.S. elections. Cohen, she said, was dead. I was reminded of the prior Sunday when Cohen’s just-released “Treaty”...

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King: A girl and her giraffe

Sep 26, 2016 by

Not to take sides but to reflect the conversation, a nation argues over whether to name its presidential candidates crooks, fascists, or worse. At lunch with a denomination’s representatives, talk turns to...

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Madison, Max and angels unaware

Jul 4, 2016 by

This is the story of how Cockatiel Max and Shih Tzu Madison enhanced the well-being of the church. My oversight caused it, but I later wondered if a larger oversight was also in play. For months Manuel, as...

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A pilgrim’s sight

Apr 11, 2016 by

As I headed for retreat in Arizona’s Verde Valley, words of Eastern Mennonite Seminary colleague Linda Alley, insights honed as spiritual director, still rang: “I imagine it as a pilgrimage. The journey...

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Mysteriously upheld

Jan 18, 2016 by

Experiencing the known world as falling apart is no new thing. That’s what reading Dead Wake, in which Erik Larson tells of the German sinking of the British ocean liner Lusitania and how this drew the U.S....

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Mindfulness, death and the bald eagle

Oct 12, 2015 by

The grandmother’s response seemed almost the last straw to these grandparents. The van pulled into the gas island behind where I was pumping gas. The woman jumped out of the driver’s seat and ran her...

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Tenderly inviting all to God’s banquet

Jul 22, 2015 by

For long decades now I’ve dreamed of a setting in which we could learn how — offering each other the tenderness for which every human so longs — to pull out chairs for every single one of us who wish to...

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Bending the curve toward love and life

Jul 2, 2015 by

I dreamed I was at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City, Mo. In a seminar, we were each to remember an experience of God’s grace. My dreaming mind went to this true story: When I was seven, I...

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Opinion: Double conversion

Mar 3, 2014 by

At the School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in January, we planned to offer keynotes, case studies and workshops on discernment. As SLT neared, churchwide rifts between same-sex...

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