Cafe group: Beyond perfection

Cafe group: Beyond perfection

January 2019 Beyond perfection by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni We may strive to be perfect, but that is not God wants for us. Read more Faith reflections: Perfectly imperfect by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni The new year is a symbolic time to make a life-giving change. But nowhere in the Bible does it say that God wants […]

Perfectly imperfect

Perfectly imperfect

by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni “New Year, New You!” Every January, this phrase pops up in ads for gym memberships, in magazine articles featuring ten easy steps for money management or relationships, and even in churches whose members are urged to recommit to faith in the new year. For some, the new year is a symbolic […]

Beyond perfection

Beyond perfection

by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni My six-year-old daughter Natalie is like a lot of first graders: equal parts serious and silly, old and young. She often comes home from school full of newfound wisdom to share, as though she were the first person ever to discover subtraction or photosynthesis. . . and she still plays with […]

Cafe group: Holiday Homecoming

Cafe group: Holiday Homecoming

December 2018 A God who shows up by Emily Heitzman Some holiday homecomings aren’t all joyous. Read more Faith reflections: Called to waiting expectantly by Emily Heitzman To wait in preparation for the coming of the baby Jesus is a time when we are to equip ourselves so that we might become followers of this […]

Cafe group: Traditions

Cafe group: Traditions

November 2018 Traditions to break or create by SommerAnn McCullough Some traditions can bring us closer to God, while others can be harmful. Read more Faith reflections: Traditions by Becca Ehrlich Tradition is both stable and flexible—our traditions connect us to our past and present, while being able to change based on our current context. […]

Faith reflections: Traditions

Faith reflections: Traditions

by Becca Ehrlich When I was growing up, my family and I had the annual tradition of trimming the Christmas tree together. We would put Christmas music on, drink hot chocolate, and systematically take the ornaments out of storage and place them on the tree. Some of the ornaments could be hung by anyone who […]

Traditions to break and create

Traditions to break and create

by SommerAnn McCullough Every year about this time, as I prepare for Thanksgiving and the rush of the Christmas season that is soon to follow, I look forward to the many traditions my family keeps. I love choosing the first Christmas playlist that we will listen to while preparing Thanksgiving dinner, snuggling up to watch […]