Faith seeking understanding #002: A Manifesto (if I had one): God loves all of you. And God loves all of you.

Faith seeking understanding, my personal journey towards a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with God, the cosmos, humanity and myself through thoughts, words and (occasionally) images, is a series of [hopefully] daily reflections I’m writing with the purpose of publishing something on a regular basis for others to read, either here, at joncarllewis.com or among my writings at Medium.com.

About a month ago, I read an article by Pamela Hodges on the website The Write Practice entitled “How to Write a Manifesto: The Struggling Writer’s Guide.” It seemed like a good idea. I wanted a manifesto. I have strong ideas about a number of issues and topics. I have deeply held and hard-won opinions that I want to share with the world. But, after I read the article, nothing came to mind for me. I found this strange, and it has taken me this long to get around to solving my problem.

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Faith seeking understanding #002: A Manifesto (if I had one): God loves all of you. And God loves all of you.

Faith Seeking Understanding #001: Singing praise to the Lord

Faith seeking understanding, my personal journey towards a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with God, the cosmos, humanity and myself through thoughts, words and (occasionally) images, is a series of [hopefully] daily reflections I’m writing with the purpose of publishing something on a regular basis for others to read, either here, at joncarllewis.com or among my writings at Medium.com.

Michael W. Smith singing “Friends” at the funeral of George HW Bush on 05 December 2018. Screencap from CBS.

Faith Seeking Understanding, Day 2. Or is this day 1 since yesterday was basically an introduction? No matter. All day I’ve been hearing in my mind Michael W. Smith singing his song “Friends” which he performed at the funeral of George HW Bush several days ago. It was an interesting choice of music for an Episcopal service, and it made me wonder how many people out there like me love both the Anglican liturgy and the music of Michael W. Smith.

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Faith Seeking Understanding #001: Singing praise to the Lord

Faith seeking understanding: a personal journey in thoughts, words and (occasionally) images

Hi! I’m Jon Carl Lewis and this is my literary and spiritual journey.

Welcome to Faith Seeking Understanding, my personal journey towards a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with God, the cosmos, humanity and myself through thoughts, words and (occasionally) images.

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Faith seeking understanding: a personal journey in thoughts, words and (occasionally) images

Updates at joncarllewis.com! (18 November 2018)

Hello! I’ve made a significant number of updates to my website over the past week! Most significantly, I retired my old statement of identity and replaced it with “Jon Carl Lewis: a Queer, Black, Intellectual, Christian contemplative with a compulsion to create stories and write.” This better reflects where I am now in life as well as some of the work I’m doing, both in the world and on myself.
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Updates at JonCarlLewis.com (23 Dec 2017)

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Alexander Hall at Princeton Theological Seminary. My dorm room was on the first floor, the second window (I think I recall) from the left. I flew a rainbow flag there once which I don’t think helped my career at the institution.

Hello, Folks! It’s been a while. For some reason I decided to expand the Carl LaMonde at Princeton page to talk about my brief but significant time at Princeton Theological Seminary. Continue reading “Updates at JonCarlLewis.com (23 Dec 2017)”

Updates at JonCarlLewis.com (23 Dec 2017)

Ash Wednesday: A reflection on the collect of the day

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. —BCP, p. 217

Listening to the Agnus Dei from the Bach B minor Mass. and Erbarme dich from Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, both sung by Andreas Scholl. Continue reading “Ash Wednesday: A reflection on the collect of the day”

Ash Wednesday: A reflection on the collect of the day