#Metoo: A litany for speaking out or not

#Metoo: A litany for speaking out or not

by Elizabeth McBride We offer this #metoo litany as a way to lift our voices together in solidarity with women and girls who have said “me too.” God of the matriarchs, we pray for all the women and girls who are survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault. We bravely choose to share our stories […]

Faith Reflections: The truths we tell

Faith Reflections: The truths we tell

by Sara Olson-Smith Our memories are strange things. When we think we’ve got things filed nicely away in the back of the drawer, something yanks them out, scattering piles of memories like paper across a desk. Sometimes those rediscovered memories are a blessing, like when a song on the radio reminds you of a fabulous […]

THINK

THINK

by Sunday Saari I walked down the street on the way to meet my friend for dinner and noticed a lovely summer sunset. It was a street I had walked down hundreds of times before. As I passed a church on the usually crowded street, I noticed three men tumble out of the bar up […]

12 faith practices for racial justice

12 faith practices for racial justice

by Judith Roberts “. . . for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and […]

How to have a fair trade date

How to have a fair trade date

by Emily Davila When I was a kid, my mom would put Valentine’s Day presents on the breakfast table before we left for school. We might get a little Whitman’s candy sampler and some lip gloss, or perhaps something unrelated, like a pair of socks or a plastic lizard. Now, as an adult, I’m still […]

May we use our voices

May we use our voices

by Joy McDonald Coltvet You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s. Any case that is too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it. (Deuteronomy 1:17b)   In the animated film A Bug’s Life, a huge colony of ants are used and abused by a few big, […]

Praying as Election Day approaches

Praying as Election Day approaches

by Kelly K. Faulstich “Lord, teach us to pray (Luke 11: 1-13),” the disciples made a request of Jesus. Jesus’ response, of course, was part of the Lord’s Prayer that we pray in worship, as we gather in small groups, and as we individually say our daily prayers. As the time of election approaches in […]

Public faith

Public faith

by Collette Broady Grund I was raised to be concerned about the poor and disenfranchised. In the Broady family nightly devotional time, we often talked and prayed about famine in Ethiopia, the demands on our local food pantry (started by my grandparents), and how giving our time and money might make a difference. It is […]

Standing up for your convictions

Standing up for your convictions

by Emily K. Hartner When I was in high school, one of my teachers plastered motivational posters all over the walls of her classroom. These posters—you’ve probably seen similar ones—featured various phrases/advice/sayings alongside photographs of cute little animals. There’s one I remember more than the others: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for […]

Welcome the stranger, welcome Christ

Welcome the stranger, welcome Christ

by Emily Ewing Growing up, I knew several people who had immigrated to the United States because they worked for my dad. When I went to college, I met people who came to the United States for school. During college I moved to Argentina to study abroad. After I graduated, I immigrated to Slovakia to […]