How to Become Woke

By Jessica Goudeau | @jessica_goudeau My college students introduced me to the word “woke” a few years ago. The term describes people who are, as Urban Dictionary puts it, in a state of “being aware” and “knowing what’s going on in a community” in relation to racism and social injustice. I know it’s a bit awkward […]

This Isn’t Easy, And That’s Okay

“We define for ourselves who we are and what we stand for.”  These words were spoken the first night of my MBA program four weeks ago. Don’t they sound collegiate and inspirational, like the perfect Pinterest pin? Despite the cheese factor, the words have been stuck in my head ever since. I’m not sure they […]

10 Ways to Live Well in this Season

By: Amy Young | Twitter: @amyinbj I have a friend battling cancer. I think of him and his wife, with their second child graduating from high school and two more at home. Life has taken a major sharp right-turn. What does it mean to live well when you are young and needing to contemplate possible […]

In Defense of Beauty

It’s true. Sometimes I tire of the poets and I want plain words. Unhurried, slow words with lazy syllables. Maybe even stilted words that fall like heavy bricks and land with a singular purpose. But even then, we’re building. I just fed you a simile, even if filled with clay and dust. Words are busy […]

10 Ways to Soulfully Slow Down

by Tina Osterhouse | @TinaOsterhouse Lately, I’ve been exploring words that evoke sensuality. Words like: delight, savor, luxuriate, relish, enjoy. In particular, I’ve been thinking about what it means to enjoy God, to delight in being alive, and how to relish in the goodness all around me. We live in a manic culture of constant noise, days overflowing […]