The Places I Saw the Face of God

I grew up in a family where we were measured by performance. In elementary school, we were given quarters for our A’s. We were given dessert if we finished all of our food on our plate. We were given shelves for all our trophies. I did not have a shelf. Sports was something I did not […]

Barrenness in the Midst of Creation

By Anne Moman Brock | Instagram: anne_brock_  A birth announcement on Facebook. Weekly baby bump updates on Instagram. An email from a co-worker sharing the news that his wife is pregnant. “I’m pregnant.” “Do you have children?” “Did you hear that so-and-so had a baby?” I’m surrounded by new life but can’t create it myself. There’s […]

Cultivating A Holy Curiosity

Every day I stand and watch this intersection of four roads that is such a symbolic intersection of all of life. I look out over my current little corner of the world through a smudged floor-to-ceiling window. From the time I pull back the paisley curtain, blinking at the light pouring in my room, to […]

When Terrible Things Have Been Done in the Name of Jesus

[Trigger warning: Violence, trauma, loss, especially as related to indigenous communities.] “You represent the ones who died in violent encounters as settlers took your land.” “You represent the ones who starved after overhunting.” “You represent the thousands who died from diseases spread by the colonizers.” We started out as 15 people, standing on blankets spread […]

Si, Se Puede

By Jen Manglos | Twitter: @jenmanglos “I can’t do this.” I’m on my third day of the Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile pilgrimage across Spain), walking a particularly exhausting downhill trail. Downhill trails are deceptive. They seem like they would be easier, but usually they’re much more difficult than any uphill terrain, because of the care […]