Author Archives: Kelly Clark

About Kelly Clark

I am a convinced, if not very virtuous, Christian, recovering from alcohol abuse and many other addictions, and have been working a program of recovery consistently for over nineteen years-- since I blew my life up with chaos and crimes and hurt many people I loved. I am active in 12 Step Fellowships, sponsoring several men and attending several meetings each week. I expect to finish a Masters of Divinity in the Fall of 2011, and soon will begin a discernment process in my church about possible ordained ministry. In my day job, I am a trial attorney, representing adult victims of childhood sexual abuse.

The Troublemakers

As Michael Gerson points out in his opinion piece in the Washington Post, what is compelling about this “trouble-maker,” Pope Francis, is his understanding that the Christian faith has a bias, a soft-spot, if you will, for the downtrodden, the … Continue reading

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Arguing with the Author: The Futility and Necessity of Wrestling with God

“Child,’ said the Lion, ‘I am telling you your story, not hers. No one is told any story but their own.’” –CS Lewis, The Horse and His Boy. In my last post, I talked about Story, and the ways in … Continue reading

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Stories and the Story-telling God

The story–from Rumplestiltskin to War and Peace–is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind for the purpose of understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that … Continue reading

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On Harbors and High Seas: What Ships are Meant to Do

It don’t take much to see what is wrong with a thing, but it takes some good eyesight to come up with what to do about it. –Will Rogers Let’s get out of the problem and into the solution. –Twelve … Continue reading

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“Why Don’t Matter. What Matters.”—Wisdom from Rose

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. –The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Neibuhr.‘ ‘Why’ don’t matter. ‘What’ matters. –Rose Wilkins. When … Continue reading

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The Addicts and the Mystics: Lessons from the Twelve Steppers for Christians Who Would Pray

“As thou art in church or in cell, that same frame of mind carry out into the world, into its turmoil and its fitfulness.” –Meister Eckhart. For the Kingdom of God is within you.” –Jesus. “One day at a time.” … Continue reading

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“Those Damn Christians”– Observations from “Bill W and Dr Bob,” a play by Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey, performed by Coho Productions.

Readers will know by now that the purpose of this blog is to see what people of Christian faith can learn from our brothers and sisters the recovering addicts.  I have written about how the “Gospel of Bill W”—my shorthand … Continue reading

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