You're Invited

To a Friday chat about religion after the pandemic

On Friday May 7 I’m hosting an open house here at The Cottage from 2:30 - 3:30PM eastern (11:30AM - 12:30PM pacific and everything in-between and beyond). The conversation will focus on my recent essay, Religion After Pandemic. Please read if you haven’t already.

And I’m happy to answer Ask Me Anything questions, too. 

You don’t have to hang out for the whole hour. Drop in whenever you like, share a question or comment or story, and I’ll respond to as many as I can during the open house. You can also chat with and reply to other readers of the Cottage.

So, bring a latte or cup of tea. Click on the main page for The Cottage between 2:30 and 3:30 (eastern) and look for the RELIGION AFTER PANDEMIC CHAT. The room won’t open until 2:30 (don’t worry if you try to get in early and can’t).

COTTAGE CHATS are like Facebook chats — not audio or video, but back and forth in threads with questions and comments. Lots of voices can enter in. Several threads sometimes happen at once. But it is like a big open room with lots of interesting friends. You never know what will happen! There are no trolls at the Cottage and people are nice. You are welcome here.


A perfect poem for post-pandemic hopes and dreams.

by A.S.J. Tessimond

One day people will touch and talk perhaps easily,
And loving be natural as breathing and warm as sunlight,
And people will untie themselves, as string is unknotted,
Unfold and yawn and stretch and spread their fingers,
Unfurl, uncurl like seaweed returned to the sea,
And work will be simple and swift as a seagull flying,
And play will be casual and quiet as a seagull settling,
And the clocks will stop, and no one will wonder or care or notice,
And people will smile without reason, even in winter, even in the rain.

(from Collected Poems, 2011)