Help My Unbelief

By Cathy Norman Peterson After 9/11 I remember tearing up listening to the words of “America the Beautiful.” In those days of shared national tragedy and mourning, asking God to shed his grace on all of us together was a prayer that rose up from the depths of darkness and ashes. It felt appropriate and... Continue Reading →


The Weight of Advent

By Cathy Norman Peterson When a friend came to town a few weeks ago, we visited a church I’d never attended. The worship service was different from what I’m used to in several ways, but one thing especially struck me. They really prayed. In most areas of my life, everyone in the room avoids eye... Continue Reading →

No matter who’s in the White House

By Leeann R, Younger Well, thank God it’s finally over.  Eighteen months of campaign speeches and debates and political commercials have FINALLY come to a screeching halt.  Last Tuesday you may have seen your candidate rise in victory. Or you may have seen your candidate go down in defeat. If you are a third-party supporter,... Continue Reading →

When what you fear is true

“Despite (or because of) privilege, we live in a dangerous world of brutality, force, and threat. We are surrounded by terrorism, war, abuse, exploitation, and death. Evil is rampant, and fear too easily pervades. Despair overtakes us when we realize that our lives are not free of danger. Yet we are not always the innocent... Continue Reading →

All the Things I Am Afraid Of

By Geila Rajaee I’ve spent the better part of this day, this week with tightness in my chest and fear in my heart. I’m not sure what is happening in our country but I know that every day the level of fear I wake up with is increasing until one day I’m certain my heart... Continue Reading →

I’ma sit this one out

On December 1, 1955, a tired Rosa Louise Parks took a seat on a bus and kept that seat even though the overcrowding left white people standing in the aisles. The driver stopped the bus. "Why don't you stand up?" he asked Rosa. She replied, "I don't think I should have to stand up." Rosa... Continue Reading →

Insisting on Love

By Alex Macias There’s a lot that’s disappointing about this election, but for me the worst is the wielding of fear as a political tactic and how much it works for the one doing the wielding.  I have found myself unable to watch election coverage.  The onslaught of hateful rhetoric is too much for me. ... Continue Reading →

Evangelicalism Be Damned

As this election season has blossomed I have watched with, at first, irritation, then frustration, and now alarm as the press regularly uses the term “evangelical Christian” with its implied fundamentalist and Republican subtitle, as the banner under which all who follow Christ will vote. It is not that I decry fundamentalism or Republicans.  My... Continue Reading →

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