The On Being Project

Norman Allen
Norman Allen

is an essayist and award-winning playwright whose work has been commissioned and produced by theaters ranging from the Kennedy Center in his hometown of Washington, D.C. to the Karlin Music Theatre in Prague. His commentary has been published by The Washington Post, broadcast by WAMU-FM, and can be found online at Tin House, OnFaith, Howlround, and others. Read more of his work on his website.

On Being Mortal: Theological Ponderings on Cancer

In the waiting room of a doctor’s office, the dramas of life and death play out quietly. A reflection on the power of paying attention to the stranger, and to the burdens we all carry.

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On Being Mortal: Theological Ponderings on Cancer

A Sound of Music Theology

Most of us chant tunes from the classic musical, but have you considered the spiritual lessons that the movie offers?

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A Sound of Music Theology

The Good in Good Friday

If we were to pick a line from the New Testament upon which to build a religion, surely this is it: “Friend, wherefore art thou come?”

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The Good in Good Friday

The Quiet Man

If St. Francis is right, and our actions speak louder than our words, then you might say this man’s father was never quiet. A lovely essay on this Father’s Day.

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The Quiet Man