A Diverse Flock of Turkeys. Photo by Mikkel Bergmann on Unsplash

Thanksgiving is especially challenging in 2020. The surging pandemic, bitter partisan and racial divides, and collective mourning for the 250,000 victims of Covid-19 have dampened moods and soured appetites. Large family feasts have been canceled or are preceding despite official warnings and significant risk. Yet gratitude is most resonant in…

Statue of Mikhail Bulgakov in Kiev
Statue of Mikhail Bulgakov in Kiev Svenkaj / CC BY-SA (

“You spoke your words as though you denied the very existence of the shadows or of evil. Think, now: where would your good be if there were no evil and what would the world look like without shadow? Shadows are thrown by people and things. There’s the shadow of my…

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8 KJV)

Aldrich Pond in Douglas State Forest, MA Photo by Author

Jesus’ teaching in the Beatitudes disrupts our identities and partisan passions. What do mercy, meekness, and poverty of spirit have to do with crushing our political enemies? …

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. insisted that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” We can find inspiration from his life and teaching to endure through times of darkness and hopelessness. Yet his many disappointments and assassination remind us of the difficulty of the…

That the Pilgrims Signed their Lives Away.

The pilgrims signing the compact, on board the May Flower, Nov. 11th, 1620 / painted by T.H. Matteson ; engraved by Gauthier. Free for public use from the Library of Congress.

November 11, 2020 marks the four hundredth anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing at Provincetown on Cape Cod. (The actual anniversary is November 21st in the Gregorian calendar) While newspapers, politicians, and historians debate the true origins of the United States. …

Poster Advertising Political Rally in Washington DC. Courtesy Washington Area Spark

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9 KJV

Sometimes the shortest passages cause the most trouble. Do you want to be called a child of God? Practice peacemaking.

As Americans we are solely tempted to add qualifiers to the expression. …

Meister Käßner

Asking important questions about living well amid the farms and forests North and West of Boston.

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