Here are reflections on the Church, the Spiritual life and the gothic subculture as a Christian who identifies as a goth. Since I am a pastor and spiritual director I wanted to create a space to explore and struggle with issues of church and pastoral care in an age of post-Christendom.
Here are also found portfolios of my iconographic work.
I invite the reader to explore with me the world of the priestly goth.
Once again this year at the North Park Theological Seminary Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (this years theme The Human Response to God) I have found my thoughts turning to privilege. Some of the presenters have directly or indirectly addressed the problems of privileging certain aspects of the human over others which then […]
I’m embarking on a series of posts in which I want to look at what it means to be church in light of Ferguson, Missouri and the killing of Michael Brown at the hand of a police officer (and that this sort of incident is a far too common.) This inquiry assumes much that I’ve […]
Not long ago I was talking with a colleague in leadership in an African-American congregation. We were swapping stories of our relationships and encounters with those who don’t attend church. Our perceptions and experiences had some overlap but also were quite different. The overlap was that we each of us knew and met those who […]
This reflection is a riff on the Sermon I preached at Reconciler on May 4th, the Third Sunday of Easter. The Gospel text is the Road to Emmaus, the other Scripture texts are a portion of Peter’s sermon at Pentecost and the beginning of the First Letter of Peter. We can lose sight of the […]
At the third session of the Symposium for the Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Urban Ministry, I responded to a presentation on Raymon and Henry Emerson Fosdick’s relationship to Rockerfeller, I spoke of renunciation (of privilege and whiteness) and voluntary poverty (drawing on the Monastic Tradition) as an answer to the problem presented. I spoke deliberately […]
This is the second post in a trilogy of posts. The first in this series can be found here over at Priestly Goth Blog. The third post will post in Ecclesial Longings here. Recently I saw the Man Who Cried. It is a melancholy movie to say the least. Though what captured my imagination in […]