Archive: Tar Heel Testament
March 5th marks the one-year anniversary of former UNC student body president Eve Carson's murder; a year ago I asked the question "Why?"
By Erin Becker | March 3, 2009; 11:44 PM ET | Comments (1)
Not everyone wants to be a Christian, and that's fine. But upon inspecting their own biases, many of those with the most anti-Christian or anti-religious institution feelings would find that their own condescending attitudes are held just as strongly as the fundamentalists they so deeply dislike.
By Erin Becker | February 12, 2009; 03:49 PM ET | Comments (0)
"Matthew 25 and all that jazz!": I hope the sticker on my door will let a stranger know that on the other side of the door is someone who cares.
By Erin Becker | January 24, 2009; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)
I will remember this Christmas as the Christmas I became an "old person," the year the service finally touched me, the year I understood.
By Erin Becker | December 31, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (1)
Somehow guilt (how can I just go on as normal?) and apathy (I'm at college, what does this have to do with me?) must be tempered into empathy, a much more constructive emotion.
By Erin Becker | December 2, 2008; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (5)
Caring for one's physical well-being can be a form of prayer in itself. But the athlete must remember that the source of all strength, speed and power is God, and each race and each game is a testament not to man's glory, but to that higher source.
By Erin Becker | November 11, 2008; 08:17 PM ET | Comments (0)
Today I prayed in church that God would give me a good spiritual shovel and a venturous heart and grant me that peace that certain little religious feeling that only "Church of the Trail" can provide.
By Erin Becker | October 27, 2008; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (0)
Mixed metaphors, mixing of church and state--they don't sound like a good idea. But, Erin Becker tells us when its OK to break the rules.
By Erin Becker | October 5, 2008; 10:56 PM ET | Comments (4)
When I'm in church I realize it doesn't matter whether I want to be a professor or a magazine writer or a woman in a business-y skirt with a briefcase of documents.
By Erin Becker | September 21, 2008; 09:22 PM ET | Comments (2)
Maybe even Episcopalians need to flex their Bible-thumping muscles every once in a while. The response might be better than we expect.
By Erin Becker | September 4, 2008; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (0)
Clearly my mind was occupied by complex metaphysical meanderings. But I bet I could have squeezed God in there somewhere.
By Erin Becker | August 26, 2008; 02:43 PM ET | Comments (1)
I wanted to help, to feel like I sacrificed something, but I didn't at all. I got so much more from the Russian people than I could ever hope to give back, continuously reminding me of that similar conundrum integral to the Christian religion.
By Erin Becker | August 13, 2008; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (0)
The past two weeks, life has been wonderful at reminding me I control very little. I like to think I generally have a pretty good handle on things. When I checked my e-mail last week and read a note from...
By Erin Becker | June 22, 2008; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)
A distinct feeling of unreadiness plagues me anyway. I’ve never traveled out of the country before. A big case of "The Unknown" is staring me straight in the face.
By Erin Becker | June 5, 2008; 01:39 AM ET | Comments (2)
If pride truly is the real root of all evil, then changing our self-perceptions and taking a heavy dose of humility isn’t a bad place to start.
By Erin Becker | May 23, 2008; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (2)
I had never been so excited to go to church. I remember my mom dragging me out of bed when I was a little kid and forcing me out of soccer shorts into khakis or a skirt. I remember the...
By Erin Becker | May 12, 2008; 08:51 PM ET | Comments (4)
I’ll go into my test Tuesday afternoon hoping God doesn’t mind that the five minutes before Prof. Ehrman passes out the test is the hardest I’ve prayed in quite some time, but hey, it’s a test about Jesus, right?
By Erin Becker | May 2, 2008; 01:07 PM ET | Comments (5)
We see in Scripture what we want to see—especially when we have thousands of translations to look at.
By Erin Becker | April 21, 2008; 12:16 AM ET | Comments (26)
I hope God appreciates the fact I have to ascend a mountain to get to church every Sunday. All right, it may not be a mountain but on a cozy weekend afternoon in bed with my English book and my...
By Erin Becker | April 13, 2008; 11:41 PM ET | Comments (1)
The night after a painful athletic loss can bring more bitterness at God than I thought possible in my un-jaded, pre-college-basketball-fan days.
By Erin Becker | April 6, 2008; 11:46 PM ET | Comments (5)
I sit in religion class completely enthralled and interested and simultaneously feel one enormous rug is being pulled out from underneath me.
By Erin Becker | March 30, 2008; 12:40 AM ET | Comments (6)
Should I be thinking about my occupation or my vocation? Are they the same thing?
By Erin Becker | March 23, 2008; 04:22 PM ET | Comments (4)
Religious folks pray to God for solace. Non-religious folks take solace in knowing no benevolent God could allow something like this to happen.
By Erin Becker | March 16, 2008; 07:47 PM ET | Comments (5)
I do believe He was with Eve’s family and friends and at UNC, weeping for the death of one of His children, too.
By Erin Becker | March 11, 2008; 03:43 PM ET | Comments (53)
The same readings were read, the same creed was repeated, the Eucharist was blessed with the same words. Which led me to wonder… what’s the difference?
By Erin Becker | March 5, 2008; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (0)
The Episcopalian in me just can’t get its mind around eschatology, but the perfectionist in me feels like midterms might be the end times.
By Erin Becker | February 28, 2008; 11:59 PM ET | Comments (5)
I've heard of multi-tasking, but during prayer? Forgive me. Sixty minutes is a long time to pray.
By Erin Becker | February 21, 2008; 02:19 PM ET | Comments (8)