October 2020 Table grace by Emily K. Hartner Our thanksgiving tables may look different this year. God is still with us. Read more Faith reflections: Reclaiming gratitude by Emily K. Hartner How do we experience gratitude in challenging times? Read more November 2020. How to use Café with a group Young women are sharing community, […]
by Emily K. Hartner Do you remember how this year began? At the turn of the decade, we looked to the new year with “2020 vision”—a play on the year 2020 that I thought was clever at the time. In March, the future looked more unclear. What was clear was that a global pandemic […]
by Emily K. Hartner Our dining room table hasn’t been clear of clutter for months–since the beginning of the pandemic. Pre-COVID, we used it almost solely for eating. Now it has become a work table, a homework table, a craft table, a game table, and a puzzle table. It also remains a place to eat. […]
by Elizabeth McBride As we prepare to visit our loved ones over the holidays and plan meals with our family, friends and others, here are some of Café‘s most popular articles on the topic of being thankful. Each article offers thoughtful discussion questions to start your conversation. A perfect topic for your Café group. […]
by Joy McDonald Coltvet Kindness is like a garden of blessings and almsgiving endures forever. (Sirach 40:17) Somewhere along the way, I learned that when you invite guests to your home, you must clean until everything sparkles and serve more food than the guests could possibly eat. This can make the idea of inviting others’ […]
by Laura Johnson “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18) The holiday of Thanksgiving falls always on Thursday. If it were really about being thankful, the day would be on a Friday or Monday so […]
On one early morning, a week before Christmas, I was one of four passengers in a van that slipped on the ice, careened and crashed into a guardrail. We were making our way from graduate school at Northwestern University in Illinois back to New York City for winter break.