• Join us for the Play Conference!

    April 17th-18th at Saint Stephen's, Columbus! What if we took up PLAY as a spiritual practice? Come celebrate joy, creativity, and new ways to gather community… Learn more and register here!

  • Features

    • I'm struck by the pictures painted in the scripture of two gardens. The Garden of Eden, an idyllic garden, certainly not without temptation, but a space filled with connection to God, each other, and the Earth. We have our...
    • A Reflection for Palm Sunday, by Carl Fosnaugh IV “Boom Baby!!!” With that load outburst and a kick to the door, Emperor Cusco of Disney’s Emperor’s New Groove would triumphantly, rudely, arrogantly enter a room. Such an entry spoke his...
    • He Lived Long and ProsperedA Reflection on the life of Leonard Nimoy, a man who lived in the margins and Spock, the character that helped him do it.Before bowties were cool and time travel was wibbly, wobbly and timey,...
    • A line of people stood looking at a small table.  It was empty, but they’d been told that there was a television on it, and asked to describe that television.  “Use the phrase, ’it is,’ at the start of...
    • We treat the economy as if it were God.  We try to appease it, worry that it will smite us, and don’t really understand it.  We’ve built our ethical systems around it.  This became abundantly clear to Methodist Theological...
    • Trespass is a very old idea, and although it’s often seen negatively it can lead to beauty and revolutions in understanding. Sometimes we need other people to trespass into our private preserves of thought and belief, and into our...
    • Jane Gerdsen and I are interested in finding ways of fostering community among young adults in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, so we’re launching an online monthly meet-up called “The Well.” Maybe you went to Procter Summer Camp. Maybe...
    • “Im not interested in longing to live in a world in which I already live.”  Brad Modlin was reading from Maggie Nelson’s Bluets, a book about the color blue.  The Ministerium of Ideas was meeting to examine the question...
    • This December the Confluence Volunteers developed and led the liturgy for St. John’s Wednesday night His Place Service. The liturgy was built around Luke Chapter 2. During the service Melanie Williams asked the congregation to write down on paper...
    • Northside Abbey, is an experimental and emerging ministry in the neighborhood of Northside in collaboration with The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Cincinnati and Praxis Communities in Southern Ohio. It is being pioneered by a handful of ministers,...
  • Events

    • Saturday, May 2, 2015—10:00-4:00 at Red Oak Camp 9057 Kirtland Chardon Road, Kirtland, adjoining The Holden Arboretum.A day to explore the arts & nature as ways to grow in relationship with God, leading us...
    • Christ Church Cathedral is offering a new worship experience in partnership with Kate Eaton from St. John's Cathedral in Denver, CO.   This new worship is called Mishkhah and helps people explore the deep mysteries...
    • Art as a Spiritual Connection™ and Praxis Communities will offer SoulCollage® Workshops in 2015. SoulCollage® is a creative art experience that combines creativity, spirituality, and psychology.  Through a simple process of cutting and pasting...
    • "Choose seven from among you who are known to be full of the spirit and wisdom."  -- Acts 6:3 HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED…how to link your concern for social issues that our communities face with...
    • Every Thursday I'm conversing on various topics in the Ohio State Union's coffee shop with my friends the Rabbi Feivel Strauss and Methodist Campus Minister Robb Tarr. Join us for some interfaith dialog!
    • Our first Northside Abbey gathering was called Advent Magic and was a beautiful evening of contemplation, poetry, experiential music, art, and stories to celebrate the season of Advent. Here are some photos to give...
    • A retreat in Chicago, February 20-22nd. To learn more, go to fullyaliveretreat.tumblr.comIn his book, Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics, Samuel Wells defines improvisation in the theater as “a practice through which actors seek to develop trust...
    • Join us December 19th-20th for a weekend retreat to hear stories, worship together, and build relationships. This is a time for reconnecting with God, friends, and your own story. This year, we will hear...
    • Join us for a free concert and fundraiser on November 7th (in Columbus) and November 8th (in Cincinnati) to raise funds and awareness about the Ebola epidemic.  The Highlife Ensemble featuring David Aina will...