My essay “The Priest in the Trees“is out in the December issue of Harper’s magazine.
The Ecology of Prayer"The spiritual ecology of prayer always includes such places of withdrawal--landings, tree stands, a porch swing--unadorned places where your soul can touch down for a while and simply be. It is in such silent emptiness that God is waiting. Here there is no need to plow the air with constant chatter. Let the mind's field lie fallow, such places tell us, let the mycelial strands of prayer run in the dark and see what fruit may come. And when you leave, those same strands will follow under your feet, undergirding everything you do." --excerpt from Ch.1 of Soil and Sacrament