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.
Ed. note: after publishing this I recognized the genre . It’s the ancient Christian genre of writing on the spiritual life in “chapters”: short paragraphs over which one is too linger in contemplation as one reads but which together form a sustained reflection on a topic. I’ve now numbered the paragraphs and revised the title of the […]
We Christians are anxious about the state of our institutions. We at the same time want to believe someone has the fix. So, we make pronouncements. A number of people including Tony Jones and Brian McLaren have suggested that we are seeing possible end of denominations, others are talking about the decline of particular denominations (such as […]
For Pentecost I preached this sermon. The sermon emphasizes a certain aspect of Spiritual gifts: namely that they aren’t equivalent to things we do well or like to do. For instance you don’t have the Spiritual gift of Hospitality because you like to and are good at throwing parties. To put it another way, having a […]
As The Rule of the Community of the Holy Trinity suggest community life is the sharing and holding in common spaces and the objects in that space. We hold in common property, at the moment a rented apartment in a two flat in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. The community moved into this location […]
In the late 1990′s into the early 2000′s there was a magazine called Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors. It’s one of the few magazines from when I subscribed to magazines that I have kept the issues, and even purchased some back issues. What has stuck with me about the magazine is that it wasn’t a […]
When we praise God for something what are we doing? When we thank God for a positive outcome and praise God for that outcome what are we meaning? What are we attributing to God. These were some of the general questions I recently dealt with in a spiritual direction session with a directee. Praising God […]
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 […]
Hand Painted Icons in my Etsy shop:
Editorial note: In 2012 I wrote a post about “gothic sonic identity”, coming out of conversation with Tripp Hudgins around his Ph.D. work in Music and Liturgy. I had intended to write a whole series of posts along these lines. They never came about. Here I might be resurrecting this thread we’ll see if any […]
I have begun work on a book, at the moment theological and philosophical reflections on ministry at the edges of denominational and institutional Christianity. I’m not against denominational and institutional Christianity (I’m deliberately avoiding the word “church”, ecclesia). The marginal path I have followed (in relationship to denomination and institutions) wasn’t calculated. However, it also […]
I’ve gathered From my Twitter feed the role of beauty and cathedrals was addressed at Emergence Christianity – A National Convention( #EC13 #BigTickle) . This Luther quote was thrown out there as an answer to the problem (though it is only a problem for a certain mindset admittedly dominant among Protestants): “The people need beauty as well […]
Last year when asked to take part in the Big Sculpture Garden at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, I stumbled upon creating art installations with icons as the key component of the installation. I came upon this as i sought to communicate the meaning of the icon, in a context where the spirituality of the icon is unclear or unknown. […]