Psychoanalysis & Religion
Studying at Union Theological Seminary in the Psychiatry and Religion department introduced me to fascinating folks practicing their craft in unique ways.
My mentor is a source of deep wisdom at the intersection of God and the human psyche. She has written many wonderful, powerful books.
Pilar is a New York City based psychoanalyst, teacher and writer whose faith tradition is Tibetan Buddhism.
Tiffany Houck Loomis
Tiffany and I share a love of psychoanalytic theory and the Hebrew Bible
Lisa's courses at Fordham University's Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (offered on campus and also online) are a wonderful and powerful introduction to Psychology and Religion/Spirituality.
And here is an audio recording of a sermon she gave at St. Bart's on "drive-by spirituality".
Working in both Los Angeles and New York City, Jackie Leavitt is a physical therapist who integrates multiple levels of healing in her work. Powerful and transforming!
Over the centuries, religion has earned an awful reputation with so many on our planet. Religion and integrity do not always go hand in hand. And yet the search for meaning needs community. Mindful of how easy it is for religious institutions and organizations to mishandle the vulnerability of those who seek them out, I am always grateful to discover places of worship and reflection with integrity.
Church of St. Francis Xavier
This Jesuit parish on West 16th Street in New York City is the progressive, open-hearted community I've called home for over twenty years.
Like thousands of others, I saw a YouTube video of Valerie Kaur’s Watch Night service sermon and wanted to be a part of this Sikh activist’s movement. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, pastor of the vibrant Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of NYC, also leads this charge for love.
My own faith comes alive in nature, in silence, and in spaces offered by communities that really practice reverence of the sacred. Here are three retreat centers that do just that.
Mariondale Retreat Center
Ossining, New York
Mercy by the Sea
Connections through a screen are just not the same as gathering together with other human beingsin the same place. But with so much of our lives spent online, it's good to know that one's spirituality can be nurtured through the web if you know where to look.
The Center for Action and Contemplation
The Center for Action and Contemplation, started by Richard Rohr, is a real source of spiritual wisdom. I recommend Richard’s daily email if you want to add something profound to your inbox.
My friend Dee introduced me to this website, and I love the vibe. There seems to be something simple and special about how they are using their online presence.
Kerry Connelly is an evangelical Christian progressive feminist (yes you read that right) and she also has a great sense of humor. In addition to her blog Jersey Girl Jesus, she has started an online community for progressive Christians called The Banquet.
If you are someone who likes consulting Tarot cards, angel cards and the like, here is a source for online angel card readings. It's easy for me to be skeptical about such things, and I don't know anything about the people who run this site, but it seems to me to be a benevolent way to channel one's own intuition.
Want to try it? Call to mind a situation you've been pondering, and click here for a reading.
Music & Art
Our senses are the path to the sacred.
ARAS: The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism
This archive requires membership to gain access to the treasure trove of images and symbolism across time and cultures. But there is great public-access content too.
A fellow theologian, Heather pours it all into her music.
I saw Catherine Steinberg’s Mary Paintings -- inspired by Mary Magdalene -- on exhibit at Mercy by the Sea. So powerful!
I am a fan of James' biblical art and her other sacred images.
"Biblical' and "hip" aren't two adjectives I often use together, but Jim LePage's artwork is definitely both.