A Cup of Coffee and a Piece of Hope

By Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros | Twitter: @CisnerosCafe I watched the homeless boy come in to our church cafe, his hoodie too big for his small frame, his shoes worn, his curly hair piled under a baseball cap. I served him a cup of coffee; he added sugar, canela, and took a swig. He pulled off his baseball cap, […]

Back In the (Church) Saddle

By Beth Watkins | Twitter: @iambethwatkins Earlier this year I moved back to the US after being away for six years, with my husband, a new immigrant to America, in tow. We came in exhausted, burned out and sick. And after some tumultuous, and sometimes traumatic, years overseas we found ourselves weary, broken and struggling […]

Following God, Even When It Hurts Like Hell

By Beth Watkins | Twitter: @iambethwatkins I grew up reading a great many books about missionaries, pastors, and people in ministry. I listened to people of great faith—people sold out to God, people living radically—and in my tender and impressionable early teenage years, it sometimes made me cry. I felt as though they were speaking right to […]

Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World + GIVEAWAY

This past April I celebrated 48 years of adopted living. In July we celebrated with our children 12 years of adopted family life. Adoption bookends my experience of family, both as daughter and as mother. Several years ago I noticed how more people were writing about adoption, but I didn’t recognize my experience in their words. […]

The Red Couch: Welcoming the Stranger Discussion

It was a small bolt of red cloth that captured the world’s attention. A tiny fragile body. Someone else’s child. In that moment of seeing, the stranger on the other side of the world became our neighbor. It shattered the illusion of distance and difference. We found common ground in our grief. The tragedy of the […]