Laura Cerbus

reflections at the intersection of theology, culture, and the quotidian


December 2017

On Community

Parker Palmer, a spiritual writer of the Quaker tradition, says community is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives. So community is not like a place where you love each other sort of freely… Continue Reading →


This week the apricots are ripening. I’m not the only one to have noticed—the crows, and another Aussie bird I haven’t identified yet, are eager to get their share of the harvest. I can’t begrudge them too much: unlike the… Continue Reading →

Thinking for oneself

To think independently of other human beings is impossible, and if it were possible it would be undesirable. Thinking is necessarily, thoroughly, and wonderfully social. Everything you think is a response to what someone has thought and said. And when… Continue Reading →

Letter on Being Dialogic

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to write a post for a friend’s blog. Since its birth earlier this year, the blog and associated Facebook page have occupied a good deal of my thought life, as I’ve… Continue Reading →

A Gift

The only thing more beautiful than these fresh-picked cherries is the neighbor who brought them to my door.

Advent reflection: Mary

The idea of reputation has been on my mind recently, and, with Advent also on my mind, I thought of Mary. One of the strongest temptations we face as image-bearers is the pursuit of selfish quests for glory. I am… Continue Reading →


  It’s when we face for a moment the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know the taint in our own selves, that awe cracks the mind’s shell and enters the heart: not to a flower, not to… Continue Reading →

Looking the world back to grace

In one of my favorite books, Robert Farrar Capon describes an amateur not, as we most commonly think of one, as a nonprofessional, but as a lover.

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