"What the world longs for from the Christian faith is the witness of men and women daring enough to be different, humble enough to make mistakes, wild enough to be burnt in the fire of love, real enough to make others see how unreal they are."
"When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games. Aristotle said I am a rational animal; I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer.
To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God's grace means. As Thomas Merton put it, 'A saint is not someone who is good but who experiences the goodness of God.'"
"The Word we study has to be the Word we pray. My personal experience of the relentless tenderness of God came not from exegetes, theologians, and spiritual writers, but from sitting still in the presence of the living Word and beseeching Him to help me understand with my head and heart His written Word."
“Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal. If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.”
Idina Menzel, the original Elphaba from Broadway's Wicked, performs the show's signature song, "Defying Gravity." This clip is taken from the show, LIVE: Barefoot at the Symphony. Wicked returns to Memphis next winter as part of the Broadway on Beale season at the Orpheum Theatre.
(Wicked fans will note a slight lyric change in the song possibly due to the fact that Menzel is singing a solo without another performer playing the role of Glinda.)
Already purchased tickets to see MOTOWN: The Musical this fall in NYC. The show has received rave reviews and shares the story of music legend Berry Gordy and the building of his Detroit-based empire. Gordy is the writer as well as one of the producers of the musical.