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 […]

The Red Couch: The Very Good Gospel Discussion

Scanning the list of Red Couch books for 2019, I stopped at The Very Good Gospel by Lisa Sharon Harper then read on and returned to it. Reading those words, I felt a longing stirring within me. I didn’t know the author or the book description, but I knew that I had to write about […]

The Red Couch: The Very Good Gospel Introduction

Most of us reconstruct our beliefs or our language about God and faith over the years. I’m with Sarah Bessey who says, “if our theology doesn’t shift and change over our lifetimes, then I have to wonder if we’re paying attention.” One slow, aching change has been from a very personal, individualistic view of the […]