John S. Mogabgab

is the founding editor of Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, published by Upper Room Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee. John is an Episcopal layperson with degrees in theology from Union Theological Seminary (New York) and Yale University. Until it ceased meeting in 2008, he was a member of the Ecumenical Institute of Spirituality, a group of Protestant and Roman Catholic spiritual writers and retreat leaders founded by Douglas Steere, the noted Quaker spiritual leader, in response to Vatican II. For five years (1975-1980) John served as Henri Nouwen’s teaching, research, and editorial assistant at Yale Divinity School.


Poverty of Spirit

Jesus “did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited” (Phil. 2:6). Exploitation. The word is inscribed as a signature on the final page of this century. To profit by the innocence of others, to take advantage of the unwary, to abuse the weak, to extract worth from nature’s veins, to invoke the name of God in support of self-serving... Keep Reading


“God first loved us” (1 John 3:19). This simple declaration discloses the deepest wellspring of commitment in the Christian spiritual life. In time’s infancy, an original act of divine love brought forth a human creature swaddled in divine commitment. So completely was God given to this creature, so fully did God perceive it as an intrinsic part of the divine life, that... Keep Reading

Diversity and the Peace of Christ

Concern for peace lies at the very heart of biblical tradition. Peace is the great promise and hope of the Hebrew scriptures. The New Testament offers a number of images which express the fulfillment of this promise and hope in Jesus Christ: to be born again from above trough the Spirit (John 3), to live according to the Spirit instead of according... Keep Reading

Keep Alert

“Keep alert,” Paul counsels the Christian community (1 Cor. 16:13). Much in the church and the world seems to glorify God but does not. Often our immersion in Christian service is drowning us more than bringing life and hope to others. Tragically often, we have an experience of God’s company but miss the meaning. 1 Scripture and tradition are therefore seasoned with admonitions... Keep Reading

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