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: No Other Gods Discussion

I knew the Rosary and the Ten Commandments before I knew the Pledge of Allegiance. I knew the Stations of the Cross before I ever heard we had a constitution of the United States. When we were little the priest caught my brothers drinking the holy water and daring their buddies to do the same. […]

Why I Read Controversial Books With My Kid

My seven-year-old daughter and I just finished reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It took us all summer with stops and starts because of camping trips and visits with family. I was amazed at how engaged Bea was in the story since this was the first “capital L” piece of literature we tried. About halfway […]

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: The Next Worship introduction

My 5-year old daughter, whose ears are always itching to hear my childhood stories, recently asked me, “What was your favorite thing about growing up?” I couldn’t think of much at the moment, but after some reflection, I now know what I would’ve told her. My happiest times as a kid were going on Band […]