Surviving the pain of rejection

Surviving the pain of rejection

by Susan Schneider You weren’t invited to the party, but all your friends were. Ouch! You got the letter or phone call from a potential employer that began, “Thank you for applying, but….” Ouch again! The church you’ve always loved tells you that people who identify as LGTBQIA+ cannot belong. No doubt, we’ve all experienced […]

The spirituality of tension

The spirituality of tension

by Emily Carson The room was silent for a long time before the first council member spoke up. “No one here seems to be getting along anymore. There’s so much gossip. Something needs to change.” There were many pauses that evening as church council members took turns digging deep and sharing openly. Rather than continuing […]

Retreat where you are

Retreat where you are

by Kimberly Knowle-Zeller Are you looking to carve out some time for yourself? Are you looking to connect with your faith? Are you looking to deepen your sense of the sacred in our midst? Come and retreat. This one-day retreat is designed for you. And the gift of this retreat is that you can take […]

How do I love my body?

How do I love my body?

by Jenna Pulkowski I hate my body. I know I’m supposed to start this off with talking about how I’ve learned to love my body, and you can too. I know it’s not cool to admit that I hate my body. I also understand that hating my body accomplishes nothing for no one. Still, I […]

God as mother

God as mother

by Michelle Terry 

My 3- and 5-year-old sons are playing superheroes again. In the heat of battle against the “bad dudes,” my 3-year-old sustains an injury. Being a superhero is a dangerous line of work. Immediately, he’s tugging at my legging, tears streaming down his face, expecting words of comfort, hugs, and kisses. Of course, […]

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 […]