River Adams

Author's details

Date registered: May 6, 2012
URL: http://onmounthoreb.com

Biography

I am a Soviet Russian Jewish American woman. I am a Catholic Christian in discernment of religious life. I am music, theology, interreligious dialogue, science fiction, and fiery dance. I am a writer, a teacher, a logician, an arguer, and a contemplative. I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a friend. Let's start with that; the rest is in my writing.

Latest posts

  1. On four years of Christian hope. — November 27, 2016
  2. On feeling the truth. — August 28, 2016
  3. On life as a dream. — July 20, 2016
  4. On what I think of the Wool Rule. — June 22, 2016
  5. On good and good enough. — May 28, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. On why we teach. — 8 comments
  2. On my wind-blown heart. — 8 comments
  3. On humility, again. — 7 comments
  4. On staying in the Church. — 7 comments
  5. On forgiving God. — 7 comments

Author's posts listings

May 27 2015

On why I brush my teeth in the morning.

I have begun work on a very interesting, long-term translation project with a historian of literature, who is writing a book about Dostoevsky. For this project, I am translating hundreds of pages of obscure notes and reminiscences about Dostoevsky, some of his own writing, and comparing existing translations. Not only have I re-immersed myself in …

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Apr 17 2015

On peace with us.

We are uncertain. Much of the time we are afraid. We endure pain and grieve, mourning for lives unlived. We huddle in rooms that feel safe with our loved ones, and there we thread through our fingers the most precious of our memories and the most fragile of questions. Sometimes we are desperate, sometimes hopeful. …

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Mar 18 2015

On the Lent of life.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart And lean not on your own understanding. — Proverbs 3:5-6 These are not easy times. Every day we open our eyes to a world of bad news, a struggle for survival, and apocalyptic expectations. Mid-century-style Stalinism is taking over Russia, the Seventh Century is taking over the …

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Feb 23 2015

On who is to blame and what is to be done.

What does a three-thousand-year-old murder have to do with a 20th-century revolution? What does a queen of ancient Israel have to do with Stalinism, slavery, or internment camps? The interplay of two eternal questions humanity has asked, nurtured, abused, distorted, ignored, and bounced off each other since the dawn of its consciousness: When something goes …

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Jan 26 2015

On Jonah and me and running from God.

Hello again, my friends. Some of you, my precious regular readers, have noticed that my blog has been on hiatus for the past few weeks. I have been insanely busy, as have all who work in the Church during the Christmas season, and I have been insanely tired, and I’ve been unwell – but I’d …

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Dec 12 2014

On torture.

Torture has been in the news again. On Tuesday, the Senate committee released its report on the CIA’s use of torture, and mass media has been abuzz with its findings ever since. After September 11, this is a recurring topic for us, and it is not just news, or some discussion or even a debate. …

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Nov 25 2014

On desecrating church.

Last week, I was part of an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. I am a choir director at a Catholic parish, which is a member of a local interfaith association, and this service is something we do every year around Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful thing: churches of many denominations came together—Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Nazarene, and more—and …

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Nov 04 2014

On serpent and the cross. Part II.

Continued from “On serpent and the cross. Part I.” You must admit, one can hardly keep from eisegesis when one is a Christian holding Numbers 21. “Eisegesis” is reading meaning into the text rather than out of it. The authors of the bronze serpent story didn’t have the Christ in mind, but we discern the …

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Oct 18 2014

On serpent and the cross. Part I.

It’s been a while since I’ve engaged in pure, unadulterated biblical commentary, but it is time. So much of life’s chaos and din has been converging on me without pause for so many weeks that I must put it all away—for today—and open the Bible and immerse myself completely in the questions that seem to …

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Oct 07 2014

On Being Cup.

A few weeks ago I went to a discernment retreat, the theme of which was “A Cup of Your Life.” A Cup of Life, right beside the Bread of Life, is a deep-running symbol in Christianity, and I need not explain to you where it comes from. At the mention of the word, we envision …

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