What’s Next for the Red Couch BookClub?

I used to be a classroom teacher. One of my favorite things to do was present my class of eight-year-olds with ideas and then let them make their own connections. In some cases––like math class––they would make connections and we’d have to keep solving the problem to get to an answer that worked. In other […]

How Miracles Evolve: A Conversation with Sarah Bessey and Leslie Verner

Email subscribers, please click through to the website to watch the video or listen to the audio version of this conversation. Leslie Verner sits down with Sarah Bessey to chat about her newest book Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God. Sarah shares why she describes this book “weird,” how her […]

The Red Couch: Once We Were Strangers Introduction

Those of us who want to serve others like programs and events. They have defined timelines and expected outcomes. We get to show up and give money or time to a cause. And then we get to walk away. Reading Shawn Smucker’s memoir Once We Were Strangers, I was reminded of the time my “program” of […]

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: Love Undocumented Discussion

Immigration is a hot topic in news and politics. Some days it seems we are inundated with debates over border protection, narratives of immigrant violence and crime, images of refugees risking life and limb, and news about children in cages or detainees kept in holding cells for months on end. I’ll admit, immigration––legal or otherwise––is […]