I’ve written more than 50 essays for a diversity of publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Sojourners, USA Today, The Rumpus, Full Grown People, and more. Read a selection of my essays below.
“If you had an iPhone, we wouldn’t be lost,” said my 12-year old daughter Annie, shaking her head and refusing to climb another steep hill in San Francisco. I couldn’t abandon her on the sidewalk, but I wasn’t ready to accept that she might have a point.”
“During the six-hour flight to Seattle from my home in North Carolina in the summer of 2013, my period arrived before my flight landed. So in the cramped bathroom of the plane, I pulled the Diva Cup from its fabric pouch and wondered how to use it while hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail.”
“This summer I've been waiting for the opening of the movie Eat, Pray, Love with an anticipation that is a bit different from my hope that Congress would find effective strategies to address climate change. The difference? I don't think I'll be disappointed with the movie's ending.”
“During bear season in the mountains, try to run on the trails with a friend. Talk loudly. Speak with candor about your students, your children, and even your sex life at a high volume, so bears run from your voice.”
“In a cavernous room at a retirement center in North Carolina, I stepped behind the podium to speak with 50 senior citizens about my research on faith communities confronting climate change. Yet when it came time for questions, the audience members wanted to hear about the college students I teach and the uncertain future they face. ”
“As a child, I argued with my three siblings over Jesus. During the month before Christmas, we battled over the right to tape a felted image of the infant Jesus, the size of a quarter, on an Advent Calendar that hung from a nail on our kitchen wall.”
“The pews are packed this Sunday. Four needlepointed signs, the size of postcards, signal the status of “reserved” on the front rows of the sanctuary, the assigned seats for the families of four babies and one toddler who will be baptized this morning. ”