Pneuma. In Memoriam.


Christopher Ball
Selah Community

it’s hard to fathom
the undulating breath
like wind with the sea
circulating waves
in the rhythm of renewal
becoming then falling 
rising and crashing
like thunder and lightning 
in a midnight sky



Editor’s Note

Pneuma is an ancient Greek word for “breath” and, in a religious context, for “spirit” or “soul.” It has various technical meanings for medical writers and philosophers of classical antiquity, particularly in regard to physiology, and is also used in Greek translations of ruach רוח in the Hebrew Bible, and in the Greek New Testament.

In classical philosophy, it is distinguishable from the psyche, which originally meant “breath of life” but is regularly translated as “spirit” or, most often, “soul.” —Debora Buerk, Editor

In Memoriam.

Steve McPhail

1949 – 2023

“Steve McPhail was a Selah Companion since 2018.
He brought joy to those who crossed his path.
And what is most clear is how much he loved God,
praying for those around him to find the same freedom
and love he experienced.”

— Mary Pandiani, Executive Director, Selah Center


Here & Now dedicates the Lent & Easter series to Steve’s memory.
We invite you to post a tribute to Steve for his family in the comments box below.

— Debora Buerk,  Editor

Steve and Kathy McPhail at a Selah Companions gathering held on Zoom preparing for communion.