St. Maria Montessori

When we hear the name Montessori, we probably think of hippy parents with children running wild. The questions I’ve heard from many parents when considering how to start their children in school are usually around command and control: Don’t they need to learn discipline? How will I get them to listen to me? How will I get them to do …

St. Molly Ivins

I confess, though I do not repent, that my study of, interest in, and presentation of saints is somewhat academic.  Book knowledge holds great power for me.  I’m affected by it.  There is also the fact that I could not have known Joe Strummer or Dorothy Day, much less Teresa, Francis, Sergius, or Bacchus.  So I gather and present information …

St. Joe Strummer

This week, we honor St. Joe Strummer, the guitarist and lyricist for seminal punk bands, the 101ers and the Clash.  His later career with the Mescaleros was equally rich.  Perhaps this is a selfish choice.  Paul and I are just huge fans.  We never miss an opportunity to include one of Joe’s songs in our services.  It is not difficult …

St. Dorothy Day

As we are quickly hurtling toward All Saints Day, it is time for the 2nd annual Church in the Cliff canonization of saints.  Each year, we select a few people who exemplify something that we understand about ourselves as a church.  Like the Catholic Church, our saints must be dead and must have performed miracles.  Of course, we’re a little …