Losing Everything: Jenny Offill’s “Dept. of Speculation”

Dept of SpeculationWhat does it feel like to lose what matters most? It feels like life is askant, disoriented, even though you are surrounded by friends, children, and meaningful work. That’s why Jenny Offill’s Dept of Speculation (Vintage, 2014) works. Continue reading

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Methodists and Infant Dedication

Yesterday was the first anniversary of my youngest son’s baptism. Infant baptism is the norm among United Methodists today. But many of my non-Methodist friends practice “infant dedication.” In fact, while the two practices are different, they function (in many respects) similarly in Christian faith communities: each marks a moment when family and congregations commit to raising a child to grow into a relationship with Christ. Continue reading