Be Sure to Notice the Collateral Beauty

By Adrienne Gross |Twitter: @adrienne_gross “So, what are you doing this weekend?”  The Trader Joe’s cashier asked, smiling, as she scanned my groceries right before closing. A holiday weekend was approaching, and most people were making plans for how to spend their extra free day from work. “Well, I’ll probably go to the pool tomorrow […]

Learning to Fight Like Grown-Ups

Recently an interview with Eugene Peterson made waves when it appeared that he had changed his views on same sex marriage. Even as I read the words in the interview I knew what was coming next: the yelling and the fights, the crowds ready to throw out the man’s entire life work because they were […]

The Courage of the Young Women of Mahima

By Stephen Philps | Twitter: @stephenphilps & @partnerscanada The SUV rumbled up the dirt road to the walled compound. I saw ten-foot concrete walls adorned with sharp razor wire. Then a metal gate squeaked open, we parked and shuffled out of the vehicles. My palms were sweaty, and I had the distinct nervousness that comes when […]

On Dahlias, Joni Mitchell, and Dad

When I was 15,  I found myself living in a temporary situation. I’d left home and my future looked scary. I had an apprenticeship at a hair salon, but at minimum wage, I could not afford to live on my own. I was too young, no one would let me rent a space, plus I was […]

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 […]