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, […]

Arise, shine this Epiphany

Arise, shine this Epiphany

by Jennifer Baker-Trinity You know the song, “This little light of mine?” Perhaps you remember learning it in Sunday school or Vacation Bible School when you were a child. Maybe, like me, you sing it with your own children. Singing the song, we are energized to share the light of Christ “everywhere we go.” But […]

The Advent advantage: Why the four weeks of December matter

The Advent advantage: Why the four weeks of December matter

by Emily Carson   I was nearly oblivious to the season of Advent until I became seminary student. It was then that I took a class called Worship. During the weekly three-hour sessions, I learned about the significance of all the seasons and feast days of the church year: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, […]

Sharing God’s presence through friends

Sharing God’s presence through friends

by Susan Schneider When I arrived at school, she had been there a couple of years already. Paula was progressing slowly through her classes, taking just a few every year. She had to. She was still weak. During her first semester, she had been diagnosed with cancer, and had had to have surgery. The operation […]

Fear: Opportunity or challenge?

Fear: Opportunity or challenge?

by Emily Carson As a women in her 30s who still sleeps with her closet light on, I am no stranger to fear. Of course, some fears are more rational than others, and my fear of the dark admittedly falls into the irrational category. Is a giant green closet monster really going to be deterred […]

For everything there is a season

For everything there is a season

by Joy McDonald Coltvet For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Transitions are a part of life. In a fast-paced culture, it can even seem like that’s the only way of life. Change. Change. Change. Even things that we may have thought of as unchanging have […]

New beginnings of college

New beginnings of college

by Jennifer Hall As I prepare for my first year of college, I’m very excited for all the new things to come. But I’m also feeling overwhelmed. Not only am I starting a new chapter, but I’m also seeing my friends go their separate ways. And I’ve come to the realization that my education at […]