Faith Reflections: Ruth 1:14-22 

Faith Reflections: Ruth 1:14-22 

Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. So she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where […]

Risky transformation

Risky transformation

by Angela T. Khabeb A new calendar year often brings a fresh perspective with promises of a clean slate. We remember the past year and take inventory of successes and failures. We also look ahead with hope and anticipation of what will be. New Year’s resolutions abound. Our promises create a lovely tapestry. We vow […]

Faith reflections: Tears and laughter

Faith reflections: Tears and laughter

by Elyssa J. Salinas-Lazarski I’m a planner. I like to look at my month, my week, my day in color-coded control. I have stickers to help me see my to-do lists and multiple pens to keep my thoughts organized. I even have more than one planner to help me keep everything in an orderly fashion. […]

Reclaiming gratitude

Reclaiming gratitude

by Emily K. Hartner   Do you remember how this year began? At the turn of the decade, we looked to the new year with “2020 vision”—a play on the year 2020 that I thought was clever at the time. In March, the future looked more unclear. What was clear was that a global pandemic […]

Faith reflection: Just be

Faith reflection: Just be

by Jordan Miller-Stubbendick Many years ago, I visited a monastery for a few days and was intrigued by the rhythm of the day. It began well before dawn, as the monks awoke for their first of seven set prayer times throughout the day and night. For the monks, each day was well ordered. There were […]

Faith Reflections:  Faith in action

Faith Reflections: Faith in action

How do you decide when standing up for something (or someone) is worth the risks involved? Can our faith help us out? Well, if our faith in Jesus lies at the core of our lives, then yes, our convictions should and will emerge as a result of that faith.

How are you?

How are you?

by Ralen Robinson  It’s okay not to be okay. The other day I was in Trader Joes getting groceries when I ran into someone I knew. In our conversation, they asked, “How are you doing?” And I responded, “okay.” Yet, that was far from the truth. I was stressed from work and had a mountain […]

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 […]

Faith Reflections: Feels like Good Friday

Faith Reflections: Feels like Good Friday

by Angela Khabeb A few weeks ago, the gospel text for the third Sunday of Easter was the familiar story of The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24: 13-35). I’ve heard this story throughout my life and preached it many times. But encountering this familiar story through a COVID-19 lens is a game-changer. Walking on the […]

Accepting God’s radical grace

Accepting God’s radical grace

by SommerAnn McCullough During the season of Lent, I started a Bible Study group at my church. I was excited to create this space for anyone who wanted to learn more about the lectionary we hear each Sunday in worship. I wanted to build community, dig deeper into the weekly Scripture, and ask each other […]