Long live Galentine’s Day!


Long live Galentine’s Day!


by Mary Button Leslie Knope, the eternal optimist at the heart of the television show Parks and Recreation, creates “Galentine’s Day,” a holiday to celebrate her women friends. In season two, we learn that Leslie dedicates every February 13 to love for the women in her life. In the decade since the episode Galentine’s Day […]

Our favorite Valentine picks

Our favorite Valentine picks

by Elizabeth McBride Do you feel pressure to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you think of it as just a silly holiday, an excuse to eat chocolate and buy sappy cards? Here are some of our most popular articles on the subject. For singles and couples alike, you might discover that there is more to this […]

Our Top 5 favorites from 2020

Our Top 5 favorites from 2020

by Elizabeth McBride Well, the last 10 months of 2020 have been a doozy. We’ve seen the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, long-standing racial inequalities, and police brutality. And the list continues. We have grieved over the loss of beloved family members and friends, jobs, and for some, our patience as we tried to […]

Table grace

Table grace

by Emily K. Hartner Our dining room table hasn’t been clear of clutter for months–since the beginning of the pandemic. Pre-COVID, we used it almost solely for eating. Now it has become a work table, a homework table, a craft table, a game table, and a puzzle table. It also remains a place to eat. […]

Rituals that nourish and ground us

Rituals that nourish and ground us

by Jordan Miller-Stubbendick Butter, flour, sugar. My hands level off baking soda and measure out vanilla. I add a cup of chocolate chips and then toss in an extra handful for good measure. I click on the mixer, and my breathing deepens. My heart rate slows, and I relax into the familiarity of giving my […]

Back to School through a lens

Back to School through a lens

by Ralen Robinson The new school year is fast approaching. This time pre-COVID, we would be inundated with back to school commercials, sales for school supplies, pictures of children wearing their new clothes on the first day back. Yet, this school year looks different. New regulations and guidelines are being imposed. Options for online learning […]

Hope is all the more precious

Hope is all the more precious

by Angela T. Khabeb My 7-year-old daughter, Khonni, came to me the other day and asked, “Mommy, how many people do not have the coronavirus?” I thought for a moment then answered, “Nobody knows for sure, baby. But I’m sure it’s billions.” The importance of herd immunity notwithstanding, her question helped shift my perspective albeit […]

The only way through grief

The only way through grief

by Kristen Glass Perez This year, what I thought Lent would look like on Ash Wednesday, has radically changed. I serve as a college chaplain at one of the ELCA colleges. With the reality of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it seems as if we are all in this period of adjusting to an evolving landscape […]

That me–God’s beloved

That me–God’s beloved

by Kristen Kuempel I am going to be straight-up honest here: I am the absolute worst person to be asked to write an article on loving yourself. Instead of writing them, I should just paper my house with articles written by others in the hopes that I would absorb some of their wisdom through osmosis. […]

Awaiting Immanuel: Four weeks of Advent devotions

Awaiting Immanuel: Four weeks of Advent devotions

by Rebecca Boardman December holds the darkest of days. For some, this is fearful. Others wrap every surface with artificial lights to have more light around them. For us, let it be a gentle reminder to slow our rhythm and listen to the quiet of creation around us. God speaks in darkness, too. In this […]