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 […]

The gift and challenge of having regret

The gift and challenge of having regret

by Angela T. Khabeb re·gret /rəˈɡret/: a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done. What if you encountered a powerful and benevolent genie who could grant you one do-over of your choice? Would you consider going back in time and doing something differently? I don’t know about you, […]

Those that cry out for rest and relief

Those that cry out for rest and relief

by Jenna Pulkowski I have a confession to make. As I write this, I am so darn tired. And while part of that’s because I didn’t sleep well last night, another part is that everything around me feels like it’s always rushing. I live in Chicago, so there are always people, vehicles, and activity wherever […]

Troubled waters: Our baptismal identity

Troubled waters: Our baptismal identity

By Angela T. Khabeb “Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids–blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there […]

We are claimed in the wilderness

We are claimed in the wilderness

by Joy McDonald Coltvet And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  Mark 1:11-12 Jesus is baptized and named the Beloved and then is immediately driven to the wilderness. Comforting or disturbing, this is life. […]

Lives of wholeness

Lives of wholeness

by Rozella Haydée White Isaiah 58 provides an alternative view of something that the people of Israel thought they were good at–worship. It becomes clear that their understanding (read: our understanding) of what true and authentic worship was (read: is) did not line up with God’s desire. It uses the practice of fasting as the […]

Change keeps on changing

Change keeps on changing

by Angela T. Khabeb I’m surrounded by change. I look outside my window and notice the familiar sight of leaves changing colors. Daylight is fleeting as night arrives earlier and stays longer. It’s almost as if autumn is Mother Nature’s ambassador for change. Not only is change swirling around me, but it is also stirring […]

Vocation and timing

Vocation and timing

by Angela Denker My favorite Bible passage about time is found in John 7:1-6. It tells about the time when Jesus’ friends went, reluctantly, to a festival without him. They told him he should come, but he told them to go without him. “My time has not yet come,” he said. Maybe it’s because I’m […]

Just one tunic?

Just one tunic?

by Sarah Scherschligt   Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. And he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money — […]

Valentine’s Day: Beyond flowers and candy

Valentine’s Day: Beyond flowers and candy

by Angie Shannon During my grade-school years, the bulletin boards were covered with red cupid silhouettes announcing Valentine’s Day. I took great care in selecting boxed Valentines for my classmates, addressing each tiny envelope in anticipation of the big day. In retrospect, it occurs to me that we had the kind of parents and teachers […]