Three Quick Questions for Rev. Noah Van Niel

TRev. Noahhroughout the summer, our visiting clergy are asked a series of questions about their work and what they like to read. Rev. Noah responded as follows:

What do you find the most challenging in your work?

The deep awareness of just how hurting and broken the world is and not being able to solve all the problems for all the people all the time. 

What gives you the most joy in your work?

When people discover the joy and satisfaction of offering up their particular skills, talents, abilities, thoughts, efforts to the betterment of others, through the church or beyond. 

What kinds of books, periodicals, podcasts, etc., do you read for pleasure, inspiration and/or intellectual grist for the mill? 

Currently reading: Six Walks: In the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau (written by local author Ben Shattuck who I’d love to meet so I can tell him we love Davoll’s new look and because, after reading it, he sounds like a deep soul I’d enjoy having a conversation with.)

The New York Times
The New Yorker
Local newspaper (Boston Globe/Raleigh News and Observer/Virginian Pilot)

Spiritually inclined publications:
Plough Quarterly
Christian Century
Anything from The Society of St John the Evangelist 

I also enjoy poetry, particularly some of the metaphysical poets, Donne, Herbert, and Vaughan. 

Some favorite more contemporary Spiritual Authors:
Howard Thurman
Rowan Williams
Evelyn Underhill
Sam Wells