The first day

The first day

by Jenna Pulkowski It’s that time of year when my social media frequently remind me that summer break is drawing to an end and the school year is beginning. Friends with school-age children have started posting “first day of school” pictures, saying goodbye to summer break and hello to the school year rush. Since I’m […]

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Add your voice to Boldcafe

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Consumerism and our identity

Consumerism and our identity

by Julia Seymour An advertisement from a cosmetics company went viral on television and on the Internet a few years ago. In the commercial, women described themselves to a forensic artist who could not see them. He made a second sketch based on a description from a stranger who encountered the woman in the waiting […]

Our identity: precious, honored, loved

Our identity: precious, honored, loved

by Emily Anne Carson What do you tell yourself when you look in the mirror or at a selfie or an unfiltered photo of yourself? Pay attention to that voice. It shapes your sense of reality. In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, chapter 43, God tells the people (through the voice of Isaiah) that […]

Sacred spaces that require no words

Sacred spaces that require no words

by Ralen M. Robinson God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 The sun slowly crept into the room as I held her frail bony hand, pierced with needles and festooned with tubes. As the light cascaded into the sterile, impersonal room, it highlighted her sunken face. I peered […]

The revolutionary act of self-care

The revolutionary act of self-care

by Rozella Haydée White I’ve come to believe that the most revolutionary relationship I have–not counting my relationship with God–is my relationship with myself. I believe that we are called to love ourselves so that we can love our neighbor. I believe that loving God leads to loving self. When we love self, we practice […]

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 turns back into my preschool son, and he’s tugging at my legging, tears streaming down his face, expecting […]

Three ways to add something for Lent

Three ways to add something for Lent

by Laura Gentry I don’t give things up for Lent. Instead, I add something. After all, Lent is not just about fasting; it’s about feasting. The whole reason for giving up something is to make more room for God in our lives — so that we can feast on God’s mercy. Adding a spiritual discipline, […]

Minimalism, Christianity, and Lent

Minimalism, Christianity, and Lent

by Becca Ehrlich On January 1, 2018, my year of no shopping began. Let me qualify that: My year of no shopping allows me to shop for necessities, like food and toothpaste. I’m still in graduate school, so books are necessities. And replacing things that wear out or break–necessities. But things that aren’t necessities? Sorry, […]