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Give Me a Minute, I’m New

It’s hard work being the new kid. Almost exactly one month ago I started a new job in an industry I have never worked in before. Everything is different. In my previous jobs I was always in front of a computer, usually working alone. Now I deal with people all day. I’ve gone from a completely digital environment to an entirely practical one—it’s all hands on. After a decade … [Read More]

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Scales of Privilege

By Carrie Kuba | Twitter: @bellinka09 [Spoken by Eustace, a boy, to his friend, Edmund] “Then the lion said — but I don’t know if it spoke —‘You will have to … [Read More]

A Wide Believing

“If I could ask anything of us, this ragged band of us looking for a way home, crossing the Jordan River, it would be to believe wider for each other.” —Hilary … [Read More]

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Being Kind to My 14-Year-Old Self

“Oh, please. We don’t need to see that. Next picture,” I said, looking away from the computer. My friend and I were on Facebook looking through old photos when we … [Read More]

I Hear the Voice of My Great Granddaughter

I stood at the protest, holding hands with my mother and daughter, as we sang, “I hear the voice of my great granddaughter Saying stop this pipeline stop The … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: Mujerista Theology Discussion

Our house is alive with the frenetic energy of the five o'clock rush. My eldest daughter calls out from the lounge, questioning me about the surname of a worship musician and songwriter who she really likes. My attention is scattered at best. Her voice, … [Read More]

Emmanuel Mysterious

By Erin Thomas | Twitter: @erinthomas_123 We’ve just finished living through the cold season of winter, culminating in the incarnation of spring and with it the reminder that God’s immanent presence renews us and restores us. At least the arbitrary … [Read More]

When God Held Space

By Sheli Massie | Twitter [Trigger Warning: Description of Suicide Attempt and Eating Disorder] In therapy “holding space” is described as walking alongside someone without judging or trying to fix anything, just hearing and being fully present in the … [Read More]

Luddite for Lent: A Phone-Fasting Testimony

I did it. For Lent, I dumbed my Smartphone down to calls, texts, podcasts and maps, uninstalled all social media, and disabled my internet browser. Then I sank into the silence and waited. At first, it felt like a house when the power goes out—too quiet. … [Read More]

When Persistence Doesn’t Pay

By Tiffany Baker | Twitter: @revtiffanybaker I learned persistence from my mother. Like some children learn to fold a fitted sheet or bake a perfectly flaky pie crust, I learned how to put my head down and persist. My third-grade vernacular included … [Read More]

I Carry All Their Stories In Me

My hands are his hands. They are the same shape as his and move like so – just like his did I marvel at the memory of this giant of a man, of this larger-than-life presence, of this proud and passionate man with these hands, these soft and gentle and … [Read More]

My Story Isn’t Over Yet

By Shaley Hoogendoorn | Instagram:@messybeautywithshaley To watch Shaley’s full video, click here. Below is an edited transcription. Email subscribers, please click through to the website to watch the video. If you are struggling with any mental health … [Read More]

Only One Stranger

My family lived in a Tokyo suburb for my early years of elementary school. I attended an American school and we lived in a modern, pale concrete-colored bottom floor house while our landlords, a young Japanese couple, lived above us. Just a short walk around … [Read More]

Marriage: Beyond the Toothpaste Cap

The pastor assigned to conduct our pre-marital counselling tilted back in his seat and smiled wryly at us. He must have known, looking at our young, eager faces. How very unprepared we were. How little we knew about making a life together. Perhaps he thought … [Read More]

A Gradual Release

In sixth grade, we had to create a “mousetrap vehicle.” As I remember, we were given very little instruction beyond the requirement that our creation was propelled solely by the snap of a mousetrap for a certain distance. In the days before YouTube, I still … [Read More]

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