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Redefining where and when church happens   Approaching Advent as if it were my firstWhat martial arts have taught me about my approach to faith by Mieke Vandersall “I am completely lost,” I informed my 200+ pound, burly, male partner in aikido just the other day. I wasn’t exactly asking him to be nice to… Read more »

Reflections from the Frontline

A shared space to encounter God’s marvelous mission among all peoples   Do I dare accept refugees who could hurt us? A longtime advocate of asylum seekers wrestles with fear and faith in the wake of the Paris attacks. by Roberta Updegraff Courage is not simply one of the [Christian] virtues but the form of… Read more »

justleros = more than just nonsense or disparates

A space for a contemporary woman disciple to give voice to justice concerns in a world where some still think that women’s words are just leros (Greek for “nonsense”) or, in Spanish, disparates   A season of preparingA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Luke 3:3–6 by Magdalena I. García [John] went into all the… Read more »


Things that make you go hmm . . .   Saying ‘no’ to say ‘yes’A poem about all the things the world tells us we “should” be doing by Shanell T. Smith Any ministry is good.If it’s what God is calling you to do.But if that’s not the case,It’s simply busy-work, my dude.God calls us… Read more »


Relevant truth telling with a queer twist   My coming out helped me realize my white privilegeUniting women’s, LGBTQ, and racial justice movements by Layton E. Williams Five years ago, at Christmas, I went home for the holidays and announced to my family that I was planning on going to seminary. For the most part,… Read more »

Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor.   What I would preach after Paris and BeirutThe birth pangs of a new world by Derrick L. Weston As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what… Read more »

Rough Drafts

Towards vulnerability and transformation in the church   The parable of the 1 percent churchWhat might Jesus say about our churches’ process of selecting a pastor? by Mihee Kim-Kort And the disciples came to Jesus each asking: “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus told them another parable: “There was a church that sought a pastor to… Read more »

Living In Between

Adventures of a Presbyterian pastor on a Jesuit campus   I don’t knowI may not know how to solve the terrorism that struck Paris and Beirut, but I do know something about Christ, and about love, and about relationships that cross boundaries. by Abby King-Kaiser I don’t know. A student much smarter than me once… Read more »

Not Quite Right

One slightly unhinged pastor’s attempt to love (and laugh with) a slightly unhinged church, from the inside out.   We assume too much . . . and not enough Can we tell a better story about those different from us? by Joshua Bower Pardon the not-exactly-church-appropriate language, but here’s a saying I love: “When you… Read more »

The No Shame Zone

One young person’s subversive thoughts on church and society   Please don’t shame my griefReflections on the violence in Paris and Beirut by Tad Hopp This weekend, my Facebook and Twitter feeds exploded with prayers, grief, and French flags in the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris that have left at least 129 people… Read more »