Hijab

By Kaitlin Curtice | Twitter: @kaitlincurtice “There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. –J.K. Rowling One day while shopping at our favorite international farmer’s market, Eliot grabbed my hand and led me to the chocolate and candy aisle where a woman wearing a hijab stood, expecting me. “She wants to give you one!” shouted […]

I Long for the New Earth

“I’ve been painting since I was young,” my five-year-old recently told a friend. My friend and I laughed about Bea’s tendency to frame her life experiences as though she were an old woman, looking back over the years. She loves phrases like, back in the day and remember when to tell stories of her half-decade […]

The Red Couch: Making Room Introduction

We came back from living in the Middle East with countless stories of the kindness of strangers, many stretching themselves beyond their means to care for us. Like the time we insisted we didn’t need sodas, knowing we’d be the only ones drinking them as the family drank hot tea instead, the luxury of a Coca-Cola […]

I Hated My Church’s Small Groups. And Then I Returned.

My small group started two weeks ago. I was surprised—really surprised—to feel excited about that. When I joined the group at the beginning of last year, I didn’t expect to stay more than a few months. I had my arms crossed rather tightly across my chest during the first meeting. And the second meeting. And […]

The Power of Stories to Enlarge Our World

I am a nerd in the very untrendy sense of the word. I don’t wear cool glasses. I know little to nothing about pop culture references. My clothing style is firmly preppy without any funky flair. But I can engage in conversation about a lot of political topics, about some theology, and my favorite: history. […]