Anticipatory Grief Casts Long Shadows

Both the depravations and the comforts of our childhood can haunt us past what we imagine. One area that I was deprived of was emotional literacy, which hasn’t served me well. I am learning, slowly, that something as simple as a label can help create a richer picture of life…


How crises, spirituality and age can transform dread to appreciation

I have clear memories of the moments and days after September 11th, 2001. I remember, after a long and dramatic day, wandering home with my partner and watching people play tennis in the shadow of smoke and ash — New Yorkers can be dead ass cold. …


I grieved Pluto’s loss when it was demoted to dwarf status. I had love for the last of the known planets, and I had the mnemonic to prove it. …


Reflecting on five takeaways

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an action-reflection process of education, preparing the way for people to work as spiritual carers. This may be primary work, e.g. someone who wants to work as a chaplain, or it may be a secondary component of work that is already being done, e.g. …


In Praise of the Invisible

Focus has worth. Whether it is harnessed and utilized in ways that fulfill you, or it is taken in small moments that diminish you.

More and more time — for work, connection, leisure — is spent in front of screens. By focusing so much on…


Strengthen your four immune systems to go beyond the banality of self-care

The world is now approaching the 18-month mark of globalized life in a pandemic. It is no exaggeration to say that never before has the world’s population been so aware of the value of immunity. …


What are rituals?

The Cambridge Dictionary offers a fairly inclusive definition of ritual:

a set of fixed actions and sometimes words performed regularly, especially as part of a ceremony:

Coffee and the newspaper are part of my morning ritual.

The birds were performing a complex mating ritual.

If you search for rituals on…


The concept and lived experience of the Anthropecene — a present and future of our planet’s systems modified by human activity — has gone from a dream of civilization to a waking nightmare. The global dangers of ecosystem and biodiversity destruction, climate change and health threats are immediate, personal and…


How Character is Like Water

The water we treasure today — for our health, spirit, life as we know it — is the same water that has always been. It is essential, elemental and timeless.

Water also changes states, driven on a large scale with energy from the sun, but…


The Responsibility of Fintech

First, I acknowledge that there are larger and more structural issues regarding finance, power and economic violence that deserve attention. And sometimes, in the treadmill of white middle-class parenting life, shit can just get annoying.

Chris Turner

Interfaith minister & spiritual companion writing about spirituality, chaplaincy, and humanness— more at https://innerfaith.life

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