Offering a true apology

Offering a true apology

by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  — 1 John 1:8-9 So when you are offering your gift […]

Faith reflections: Finding Your People

Faith reflections: Finding Your People

by Laura Morrison When family is at a distance (either emotionally or physically), it’s imperative to find friends who understand you to your core. I’ll be moving across the country soon, from Washington state to Ohio. There, I’ll be new. I’ll be the one who doesn’t belong. But slowly, as time goes on, I hope […]

Finding your authentic community

Finding your authentic community

by Andrea Westby I’ve never enjoyed small talk. The idea of trying to hold a conversation with someone about paint colors, the weather or the best types of kids’ toys makes me anxious. It’s not that I don’t love people, but I find surface-level conversations so draining that I avoid them. As a doctor, I […]

Resurrection in relationships

Resurrection in relationships

by Sarah Scherschligt Rachel and I sat together at a café on a rainy Seattle morning. I’d flown across the country so that we could spend a couple of precious days together before she had her first child. On the cusp of her transition into motherhood, we felt a bit like Mary and Elizabeth visiting […]

Mothers-in-law: A complicated dynamic

Mothers-in-law: A complicated dynamic

by Karen Craigo     It’s conventional wisdom that men marry a version of their mothers. Like most conventional wisdom, this piece is probably partially true about half the time. Still, the notion lodges in our brain and keeps us looking sidelong at our spouse’s parents, trying to spot the resemblance.   I’ve been blessed […]

Changing roles with serenity, courage and wisdom

Changing roles with serenity, courage and wisdom

by Victoria Contreras   They say you become an adult when you turn 18, but I disagree. Adulthood is not some scheduled event that automatically fills you with knowledge of taxes and paying bills. It’s an idea, an abstract one at that, different for each individual. To me, adulthood is encapsulated in the serenity prayer:  […]

Single & loveable

Single & loveable

by Sonia C. Solomonson    February, with Valentine’s Day set smack in the middle of it, is a good time to think about what it means to love yourself.   Did those words make you cringe just a little? Perhaps you grew up believing that self-love was selfish and narcissistic—that your life is about loving […]

A Valentine to my younger self

A Valentine to my younger self

by Dianha Ortega-Ehreth, Tiffany Lynn Tibbs and Karris Golden     Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This is the day when retailers want you to be part of a twosome and enjoy everything that they can sell: cards, flowers—especially roses—and chocolates. Your local restaurant wants to book your favorite cozy table for two. […]

Connections through vulnerability

Connections through vulnerability

by Jeni Grangaard     “You know what we love about you, pastor?” says one of my faithful 80-year-olds. “You share who you are, for better and for worse. It helps us tell our stories, whether they are good or bad.” She said this in reference to my public confession of being pulled over for […]

Faith reflections: Love expectations

Faith reflections: Love expectations

by Rachel Bass Guennewig     I feel a small sense of dread when I think about Valentine’s Day. I seem to sabotage myself with dreams of sweetness and romance that do not often correspond with my husband’s plans for the day. It has taken me a while to peel off the layers of self-inflicted […]