Ray Waddle has been writing about belief and doubt, poetry and politics, spiritual connection and disconnection for three decades now. He is editor of Yale Divinity School’s award-winning Reflections journal, a publication that finds theological dimensions in current social issues. He is also a columnist on spiritual trends, author, husband, jazz acolyte, and fool for squash (the racquet sport, not the gourd). He teaches a writing seminar at Yale Divinity School during summer study term. He also leads retreats on poetry and theology.
His latest book, Undistorted God (Abingdon Press), draws on his religious observations and encounters over the years to sort out what’s permanent and poetic about Christian belief now. The book focuses on the renewing power of music and silence, bread and wine, earth and sky, the endurance of church, the image of God in everyone.
A native of Shreveport, LA, Ray has a journalism (B.A.) degree from the University of Oklahoma and a religious studies (M.A.) degree from Vanderbilt University.
In Nashville he worked 17 years as religion editor of The Tennessean, where he continues to write a regular column called “Testaments.” He has written for The New York Times, Huffington Post, Interpreter, Christian Century, Image Journal and other publications. His two other books are Against the Grain: Unconventional Wisdom from Ecclesiastes (2005) and A Turbulent Peace: The Psalms for Our Time (2003), both from Upper Room Books.