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Faith Reflections

Join us on our journey of faith as we explore, discuss and reflect on shared insights from our community. Scripture and reflections written by young women in ministry that relate to the main article are offered here.

Faith reflections: Failure

Faith reflections: Failure

“Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals, and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven...

Faith reflections: Sharing a cup of grace

Faith reflections: Sharing a cup of grace

by Jeanette Bidne “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person...

A spiritual endeavor

A spiritual endeavor

In her famous book on creativity, The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron writes, “Creativity is a spiritual endeavor. This does not mean we have to subscribe to someone else’s view of God and the order of things … we will flourish more as we honor the spiritual side of our...

Faith Reflection: Rest and risk

Faith Reflection: Rest and risk

by Jennifer Hackbarth Once I was given a three-month sabbatical from my responsibilities as a pastor. Not many people have such a wonderful opportunity, so I was intentional about making the best use of this gift--this gift for which I was, and am, so grateful. I...

How are you?

How are you?

by Ralen Robinson  It's okay not to be okay. The other day I was in Trader Joes getting groceries when I ran into someone I knew. In our conversation, they asked, "How are you doing?" And I responded, "okay." Yet, that was far from the truth. I was stressed from work...

Theology and resistance to climate change

Theology and resistance to climate change

by LeeAnn Pomrenke Much of the “Creation care” teaching I have experienced (or led) up until this point has focused on loving the Earth and all that is in it because God made it. Creation is a gift, and we are to be stewards of it. That is most certainly true. While...

Motherhood as vocation

Motherhood as vocation

(Trigger warning: Infertility) by Brenda Blackhawk Lent is often equated with time for reflection on vocation, and March is also Women's History Month. This year, my spouse and I are determined to get answers about our infertility. Lately, this has been lying heavy on...

Faith reflections: The labor of love

Faith reflections: The labor of love

by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni    Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with...

Faith Reflections: Called to wait expectantly

Faith Reflections: Called to wait expectantly

by Emily Heitzman Every year at this time, as I turn on the TV or a Christmas music station, I am reminded of the many people who cannot relate to the majority of Christmas songs, TV shows and movies, which emphasize the importance of going home for the holidays.  I...