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“We See Your Color”

The Cultural Effect of the Commission of the Status of Women on Our Black and Brown Young Women The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has been happening since 1947. Activists and leaders from around the globe have gathered at the United Nations. With a global perspective, delegates were able to engage with priority… Read more »

Loving Your Neighbor and Mental Health

A few weeks ago, on one of the most beautiful afternoons we’ve had so far this spring, I drove a few miles up the highway to meet a colleague, who is also a dear soul friend. Interstate-81 notwithstanding, it was a gorgeous drive, throughout which I gave thanks for both the beauty of this piece… Read more »

Where Do We Start Our Story?

When the Korean Church of Boston Started Its Story of 70 years With the Stories of Native Americans. When a Korean-American church celebrates its 70th year anniversary by opening with a Native American (Elona Street-Stewart – co-moderator of the 224th General Assembly) telling the story of her people in Turtle Island thousands of year before… Read more »

Set Your House in Order

What Marie Kondo Got Right and Isaiah Didn’t by Samuel Son  “Set you house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.”  — Isaiah to King Hezekiah (2 Kings) “Life truly begins after you have put your house in order.” — Mari Kondo The prophet Isaiah came to bedridden Hezekiah to say, “God… Read more »


Christmas Pageant Shepherds The Amazing No Rehearse Open Cast All Church Christmas Pageant An Idea For Your Congregation? by Ken Rummer “Nobody wants to direct the Christmas pageant this year. And Saturday rehearsal times are already claimed by kids’ sports and family activities. What are we going to do?” Back in my pastoring days, the Christian Ed Committee… Read more »


Fallen leaves dance Wind swirl and leaf dance From the study window by Ken Rummer *** The leaves are dancing today. It’s mostly a circle dance just off the southwest corner of the church, but from time to time there are skips and even high jumps as the winter-brown leaves whirl and spin to a music I can’t… Read more »

Gospel and Inclusivity

Church & Economics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Why they are marks of the church, and how we can practice these values in our congregations and mid-councils by Samuel Son This article is a continuing series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Church. In the first and second article, we recalled how the values practiced intuitively in the… Read more »


Great Blue Heron, wisdom for two Wisdom for Two Pair-bonding advice for next-level relationships by Ken Rummer Wind out of the northwest, crisp and chill. I’m wishing I’d worn one more layer for this morning’s walk, maybe a shell over the fleece. Brr. Autumn is here. Beside the trail, milkweed pods spill their tufted seeds. And across the second gravel road,… Read more »


example of reading sidewalks         This is the way Reading sidewalks as a spiritual practice by Ken Rummer Fortune tellers read palms. Ancient Etruscans read the livers of sheep. I’ve been reading sidewalks. Dark purple splatters? Evidence of a mulberry tree near by. BB-sized rounds crunching under foot? Choke cherry pits. And that gray, leaf-shaped stain,… Read more »


jagged misty snowy mountain Does wonder have a shelf-life? Musings on wow-fade by Ken Rummer Does wonder have a shelf-life? Does it come with a best-if-used-by date? I’m asking because of the mountains. Just to be clear, we don’t have mountains in Iowa. Our elevation leader, Hawkeye Point, only makes it up to 1670 feet. We have bluffs, we… Read more »