The Red Couch: The Next Worship Discussion

In the early stages of dating, I invited my now husband to come along with me and another of our friends to a Taize service held monthly at a local Franciscan Friary. The service, shaped by meditative silence, prayer, and chants was one I attended regularly. It was a change of pace from the more […]

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 the heart of much of their discussion of […]

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, vying for my attention, cuts through the clatter of kitchen noise: […]

The Red Couch: Making Room Discussion

It is evening and our kitchen is alive with chatter, squabbles, and the frustrations of children. A meal is finding form in the scrape of a knife against a chopping board; the familiar clang of pots and pans, fetched, stirred and tended. This daily ritual is both soothing and exhausting in its ordinariness. The telephone […]

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 […]