Category Archives: Worship and Spirituality

Who’s Your Imbongi?

I have long been interested in the South African tradition of the imbongi. The figure of this classic Xhosa “praise singer” accompanied my thoughts as Nelson Mandela returned to his people in Qunu and has continued to run through my … Continue reading

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Kings, Messiahs, and Mandela

After a couple of weeks devoted to moving my website to a new host, I am finally able to reflect with you on two events – one perennial and one very rare. The first, of course, is the annual rehearsal … Continue reading

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Fourth Calling

For many years I have been been intrigued by the ancient Hindu teaching that we have four stages or disciplines (ashramas) of life. As a young person we pursue the Brahmacharya, or the disciplines of student life. We learn the … Continue reading

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Faith and Poetry

Poetry arises where language meets mystery. With that beginning, my poet-friend Michael Beadle and I presented two evenings at our Methodist church on “Faith and Poetry.” In doing so, we were swimming in a rising river of interest in this … Continue reading

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