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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Another post about rape culture

Another post about rape culture

Trigger warning: This article discusses sexual violence by Elizabeth McBride   Among the horrific details of the events of a 16-year-old girl being raped by football players while intoxicated, one article lifted up a detail that I had not read anywhere else.  The writer points out that one of the witnesses prevented one of the […]

Human retail: Commercial sexual exploitation and the everyday

Human retail: Commercial sexual exploitation and the everyday

by Elizabeth Hunter   Above the gum, mints, and candy bars at the grocery checkout, two rows of glossy women’s magazines caught my eye. Alongside the cover-model cleavage were headlines like “How to blow his mind,” “99 sex facts,” and “outfits your man will love.” All that these magazines wanted to sell me, it seemed, […]