Marilyn McEntyre

is a Fellow of the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont College and adjunct professor of Medical Humanities at the UCSF-UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program. She leads retreats and adult education courses for churches. Marilyn’s books include Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, and Patient Poets: Illness from Inside Out.



Some years back a friend of mine made a simple observation that has provided me with food for much thought: “Every piece of technology we invent changes the way we live.” To her observation I might add that each technologically driven change involves tradeoffs that may not be immediately apparent. Communication technologies like cell phones, the answering machine, and e-mail, and Facebook are... Keep Reading

Welcoming It All

A friend recently gave me a copy of the Metta Institute’s “Five Precepts”—wise words about how to live that begin with “Welcome everything.” I immediately thought of the “Welcoming prayer” my spiritual director sent me some time ago that begins with, “I welcome everything that comes to me today.”  When I first heard that prayer I thought that to pray it authentically,... Keep Reading

Moving from Perception to Action

Think what you missed while you were doing what you were supposed to do. I often think of the moment when I first let go of the side of the pool.  It wasn’t when my brother (who was teaching me to swim) told me to. It wasn’t when I screwed up my courage and decided to. In a sense, it let go of me.... Keep Reading

What to do in the darkness

Go slowly Consent to it But don’t wallow in it Know it as a place of germination And growth Remember the light Take an outstretched hand if you find one Exercise unused senses Find the path by walking it Practice trust Watch for dawn   From Weavings:A journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, Vol. XIX, No. 2 (March/April 2004), 27. Marilyn McEntyre is a Fellow of the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont... Keep Reading


Jeremy Rifkin’s 1987 book, Time Wars, begins with a chapter entitled “The New Nanosecond Culture.” In it he points out that as our technologies increase in efficiency and speed they program us to measure living time in smaller and more precise increments. We inhabit time in a more and more cramped and frantic fashion. Films have taught us a similar lesson. In a... Keep Reading

The Fullness of Time

One of my favorite biblical phrases is “in the fullness of time, it came to pass.” That lovely phrase suggests four things: that time crests like a wave, that there is a right moment for things to happen, that it’s not ours to plan that moment, but to recognize it, and that we are not the primary agents of what happens in... Keep Reading

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