Thomas Schmidt

Thomas Schmidt: More alike than different

As the world once again comes together to celebrate human potential through competitive sports, we are again reminded that the depth of... Read more

Thomas Schmidt: The pursuit of happiness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable... Read more

Thomas Schmidt: We belong to the earth

Stewardship is an ancient concept and is expressed in many different spiritual traditions. For those of us who belong to a religious... Read more

Thomas Schmidt: Science and religion not opposed

In a speech given to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 1996, Pope John Paul II said, “There exist two realms of knowledge, one which has... Read more

Thomas Schmidt: Without winter, there is no spring

As Christianity’s holiest week approaches, it is a good time to reflect on the meaning of Easter and the events that lead up to it.... Read more

Thomas Schmidt: Do the Hokey Pokey

Some time ago, I saw a bumper sticker that asked a very important question: What if the Hokey Pokey is what it is all about? Naturally, the words... Read more

Unto this day, the nativity story resonates

In the nativity story that is the foundation of the Christian celebration of Christmas, we are told that Mary and Joseph are forced to give birth... Read more

Thomas Schmidt: Darkness and light complete the whole

As this is my first year here in St. Augustine, I was pleasantly surprised to see the holiday light display in the downtown area. Nothing warms my... Read more

Thomas Schmidt: Welcome strangers with open hearts

As we are in the midst of the holiday season, inclusive of many religious and cultural traditions, it seems a good time to consider the idea of... Read more


Long before Thanksgiving became a warm-up for the holiday shopping season, it had a rich and sustaining tradition all its own.

It is a... Read more

Thomas Schmidt: What is faith?

Many years ago, long before I even considered becoming a minister, I took an introduction to religion class. The professor challenged the class to... Read more

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