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This Is Not “Exceptional” Spirituality

By Kelly Christian | Instagram: @kellychristianwrites In the mornings, I throw my hair into a bun and head towards the kitchen to fuss with the coffee pot. With the sounds of brewing in my waiting ears, I wander around in the morning light, checking to see if my indoor plants are drooping and peeking for where I left the books I’m trying to read snippets of every day. I pour … [Read More]

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Our Nude Bodies: How Do I Protect My Daughter?

“If anyone ever touches your private parts, you hit them,” I told her. I’m sure she wondered why her mama was reversing the usual “do not hit” rule. My daughter’s … [Read More]

The Injured Body

By: Martha Tatarnic I have spent the better part of my thirties on a runner’s high. In a decade jam-packed with family and work responsibilities, running has … [Read More]

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Giving Up is Not An Option: What Five Days in the Wilderness Taught Me

Humility, Tenacity and a Huge Roll of Duct Tape This summer my husband, some friends and I went on a five-day backpacking trip Up North. The landscape there is so … [Read More]

Peace Is Not Dead Yet

Bethlehem isn’t far from Jerusalem. It’s maybe just a 10-minute drive. Our taxi was waved through the checkpoint. As we took the worn asphalt road toward Star … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: Mending the Divides Discussion

How often do we enter conflict in the posture of a hero rather than of vulnerability and curiosity? This question posed, by Jon Huckins and Jer Swigart in Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World is one which cuts to the quick. It sits at … [Read More]

Indigenous Resources (To Subvert Your Columbus Day)

I’ve been savoring Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Walls Kimmerer for the past six weeks and I’m still not close to finishing. In this season of transition and busyness, Kimmerer’s poetry mixed with scientific observation and Indigenous theology is exactly what I … [Read More]

When I’m a Terrible Human

I was such a jerk. I was a jerk to a kind, unsuspecting person who didn’t deserve it in the least. My stomach churned with a particularly shameful cocktail of guilt and regret. It had been a day. Well, I suppose it had been a month. The kids were back … [Read More]

I Stand With the Girls #voiceswiththegirls

[Trigger warning: Mention of human trafficking and sexual violence.] I want to stand with the girls. October 11 is International Day of the Girl. We have joined International Justice Mission, Canada this year to raise awareness around the stories and … [Read More]

This is Not a Frank Peretti Novel

I read my first and only Frank Peretti novel in ninth grade. My sister, Katie, brought it with her when she moved back from the children’s home where she’d lived for the last seven years, along with her collection of pig tchotchkes and a thin copy of the … [Read More]

We Need a Different Kind of Warrior

It’s a rough season for American politics. For those of you who live in the United States, no matter which direction you vote or value, the division is grossly apparent. If you live abroad, you are watching an interesting season for our young country, and it’s … [Read More]

Battle Cry

By Carrie Kuba | Twitter: @bellinka09  It was even a part of our vows. When the ring was placed on my finger overlooking the ocean from the cliffs of Mendocino at sunset—we shared our hopes and dreams of exploring our careers as a teacher and a software … [Read More]

The Both/And

There are some weights I’ve carried silently across years, my skin and bone growing right around them tangled complicated. The heaviness buried. Still, I grew into my frame. I softened, curved found my way. I’ve made beautiful things. I can be … [Read More]

Nightmares and Cosmic Gifts

When I was offered a new job earlier this summer, a strange thing happened. I started having nightmares. It wasn't that I was afraid of the new opportunity or unhappy with the offer. In fact, just the opposite. It was an offer so substantial that it was going … [Read More]

Rumors of a Shepherd in the Wild

By Corinne Shark  | Instagram: @thesaltyshark  Way out here in the wilderness, outside the old crumbling walls, out past everything I was always so sure I knew, out under neon cathedral skies, out beyond the margins of belonging, out along the frayed edges of … [Read More]