The Contemplative Heretic

  • About Me

    October 22, 2019 by

    Nancy Ross is a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department at Dixie State University, where she has been teaching for 13 years. Her degrees are in art history but she moonlights as a sociologist of religion. She recently co-edited a book with Sara K.S. Hanks titled Where We Must Stand: Ten Years… Read more

  • Photograph candle sitting next to a garden bed filled with dirt.

    Blessing for letting go

    September 25, 2020 by

    Blessing for letting goBy Nancy Ross This blessing reminds youThat sometimes what we must removeIs not as simple as decluttering the kitchenIt is not as simple as pulling unused coatsOut of the closetSometimes we must get out the shovelStart digging in the backyardUntil we find that buried boxOf ghosts and bodiesWe don’t know how to… Read more

  • Photo of a messy desk with laptop, books, papers, and a candle.

    A blessing for those in need of a blessing

    September 24, 2020 by

    I posted the text of this blessing over at the Exponent Blog last month. I prefaced the blessing with the following text: Prior to the pandemic, I asked the folks in the Exponent community what situations they would like to have addressed in a blessing and was overwhelmed by the response. I offer this blessing-of-many-needs… Read more

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