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 […]

The last first day

The last first day

by Victoria Contreras Over the past year, as I look forward to graduation day, I’ve gotten used to hearing the question, “So, what’s the plan after college?” I know people mean well, but after a while, it’s easy to hear it as a polite way to ask, “So, what are you going to do with […]

Cafe podcast: You’ve got me feeling emojis

Cafe podcast: You’ve got me feeling emojis

The Real Housewives weren’t the first ones to express anger by flipping tables. Jesus expressed anger too. We are created in God’s image. Anger is part of our human experience and it can be helpful too. Listen to the podcast below and on iTunes. You can see this issue from June 2017 in past articles.

Flashing red: the anger signal

Flashing red: the anger signal

by Harriet Lerner We women have long been taught to avoid anger, not only the expression of it, but the experience of it. We swallow our anger (“it’s not worth fighting over”), or we deny it entirely because we are supposed to be the nurturers, the soothers, the peacemakers, the steadiers of rocked boats. We […]