This holiday season has the potential to be less than merry for many people. Social distancing is curtailing family gatherings and festivities, plus the recession has cut into budgets. So let me suggest a way we can brighten the season without spending anything. This is a perfect time to offer … [Read more...] about Covid Holiday Idea
It is so affirming to see my book on this Top 100 list from Publishers Weekly! Here's the press release from the publisher, IVP. Thank you for reading and engaging with the important topic of sexual abuse in faith communities. … [Read more...] about THE #METOO RECKONING named one of the 5 Best Religion Books of 2020 by Publishers Weekly!
Here's my latest book! Except it's seven years old. Back in 2013 I self-published a short e-book about riding a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I wanted to share this unforgettable experience with others, and I also liked the DIY part — learning the mechanics of publishing and using … [Read more...] about Republished my eBook: Grand Canyon by Mule
Later today I'm headed to Holy Cross Abbey for a week of silence. The guesthouse closed to the public in March and reopened at half capacity just two weeks ago -- so I'm taking a silent retreat originally scheduled for late April. I began doing monastic retreats in 2004 so they're part of my … [Read more...] about Even Silence Is Different During this Pandemic
There are so many things we can’t control right now, many of them truly awful: the progression of the virus, the upcoming election, the lack of justice for people of color. Last week I decided to take matters into my own hands with some pandemic cleaning. I cleaned out my pie safe. (Dare I admit … [Read more...] about Pandemic Cleaning: Pie Safe Edition
NOTE: I sent this story to my subscribers, along with some exclusive content. To join the list, sign up below! I send emails once a month. Last night I was reading about the Breonna Taylor verdict when my phone rang. Since the number was unknown, I let it go to voicemail. I don’t have a lot of … [Read more...] about A Wrong Number — a Gift in Dark Times
Read my conversation with Morgan Feddes, an editor at CCCU's Advance Magazine. If you came here from that interview, looking for your free copy of THE #METOO RECKONING, welcome! Who doesn't love a free book? Click here for the deal. … [Read more...] about CCCU Interview with Morgan Feddes
I was a guest on Seth Price's podcast -- "Can I Say This at Church" -- last month. We had a lively discussion about the #MeToo movement and faith late one evening. The episode aired July 27, 2020. I hope you'll give it a listen and let me know what strikes you. You can also read the transcript … [Read more...] about Podcast — Can I Say This at Church? with Seth Price
There are hundreds of reviews at Goodreads. I'll link a few others of which I am aware: #3. Review by Mavis Moon at her blog on 7/1/17. from the review: The church did fail Ruth. People like ministers and chaplains, college administrators and others, who might have been a source of comfort … [Read more...] about Reviews of RUINED
#4. Review by Lois Sibley at Reviewing Religious Books (her blog) on 5/24/13. from the review: When Ruth Everhart was invited to participate in a ten-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, she thought about it for awhile. As Presbyterian minister of a church in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, busy with … [Read more...] about Reviews of CHASING THE DIVINE IN THE HOLY LAND
A very personal essay about mothers and mortality. How can we celebrate Eastertide during a time of COVID-19? In the May 5, 2020 print edition of Christian Century, online here. … [Read more...] about What Language Can I Borrow?
(I wrote this for Easter 2020, but it's still applicable in Easter 2021. Published in The Christian Century.) Yesterday was Good Friday. Instead of working on a sermon or reading scripture to follow Jesus along the Via Dolorosa, I spent hours on the phone with my elderly mother, trying to help … [Read more...] about Easter during a Pandemic