Perfect Imperfections: How words can fail and hold us at the same time

Lines from favorite songs and poems can help us process our feelings and express what we are unable to communicate.
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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...

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Blessed to be an ally

Blessed to be an ally

by Amanda Llewellyn A young woman, probably in her early 20s, looked deep into my eyes. “I can have communion? I wasn’t confirmed . . . my pastor wouldn’t confirm me.” “Yes. You can have communion here.” Moments like this make the hard work of serving as an ally...

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The poem that prays

By Sarah Carson
For as long as I can remember, there have been two places I’ve turned when things get challenging: 1) to my faith, 2) to poetry. As someone who grew up in church, I’ve learned prayer can be powerful when I have questions, doubts, and even anger. MORE ›

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Boldcafe Monthly Dinner

Join Boldcafe writers + friends for conversation and dinner! Once a month we meet with some of our popular writers to talk about our favorite articles and more! Bring your own dinner (B.Y.O.D) and sign up via Zoom. Signature cocktail/mocktail recipe included. MORE ›

Boldcafe dinner invite

Join Boldcafe writers + friends for conversation and dinner, Thursday, May 2 @ 7 p.m. (CDT)!

Once a month we meet with some of our popular writers to talk about our favorite articles and more! Bring your own dinner (B.Y.O.D) and sign up via Zoom.

Sarah Carson will lead our conversation about the power of language. Join us!

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Listen to our podcast

Every month we offer a podcast version of one of the articles. Listen to, “Easter joy,” written by the Rev. Ralen M. Robinson that was recorded originally for the April 2019 issue. You can listen here or get it from iTunes. MORE

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