Guest post: My friend Tasha is one of many teachers in Kentucky (and elsewhere) currently fighting state legislators for pension benefits, a livable wage, and for the resources they need to do their jobs. Read on.  I woke up on Monday to a raging bout of shingles. Blistery, red rash on my side. Tingling nerve pain. Hot to the touch. And, the itching. Oh my goodness, the itching. A shingles outbreak can signal times of high stress. Today, I… Read more

I wrote a book last summer. It made me really angry. That book *officially* releases today. It’s a conversation about faith and feminism, and the patriarchal worldview that shapes every system we’re a part of. I paid special attention to the reality of having a blatant misogynist in the White House, and what it means that so many women voted for him. The publishers approached me with the book concept shortly after the 2016 election, when public outrage was fresh and… Read more

There was candy. There was singing and there were flowers, and kids in bright new outfits. There was Jesus coming up out of a cave like, “I don’t think so!” and there were kids home from college. There was the breaking of Lenten fasts with much barbeque and rejoicing. But what if it still doesn’t feel like Easter? Because on Sunday, there was also snow. And still, three days later, it is cold, y’all. I don’t mean chilly-for-April cold. Not… Read more

Because for the real, the raw, and the unimaginable that this day brings… sometimes art is better than scripture. Sometimes our own lived experiences reach us where words on a page don’t quite. Our Good Friday service at Saint Andrew features music and poetic reflections on the 7 last sayings of Jesus on the cross. Here are the original works, written and shared by our members tonight.   Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do [Luke 23:34] As… Read more

I remember seeing it go by in the blur of rage that was election season: a study by a University of Pennsylvania professor found that people who’d read Harry Potter were less likely to vote for Trump.  I guess once you have faced down Lord Voldemort and lived to tell about it, you know a Death Eater when you see one. And also: you are what you read. The research began as part of a larger study examining how fiction… Read more

He opened up the heavens for us. And he was an atheist. Stephen Hawking long claimed ambivalence about faith. He said that, while there might in fact be a God, the universe was fully explained by science. Creation did not rely on a Creator, as such. And yet, he spent his whole life looking for answers to our biggest questions about time, space and existence. Even without religious context, he delved more deeply into the “mind of God” than any… Read more

“Really,” he said, “I’m not one for sunflower and birdsong. It’s just too precious, too easy. Gray skies are poetry. Frozen earth is pure scripture. A blizzard is benediction, all that black crystal slicing the air… That’s a living color portrait of the soul. It’s all ice and razors in there, you know.” Then Winter shuddered in his thin coat, and drifted off his lonely way. The shadow of himself hovered above the ground, hesitated, and followed after.   The warm wind… Read more

It went down like this:  “Mommy, I have a joke for you, listen. How long is a Chinese man?” [with a raised eyebrow and a bit of trepidation] “I don’t know… how long?” “No, that’s the joke… HOW LONG is a Chinese man. Get it?” “Um… that’s a little bit racist. And inappropriate. Don’t repeat it, ok?” “How is that racist?” “Well… It’s making fun of how a certain kind of name sounds. It’s called a microaggression. It’s really making… Read more

Guest Post: Aimee Hicks Graham in-san-ity. noun: The state of madness (synonyms: madness, dementia, lunacy, instability, mania, psychosis) Extreme foolishness or irrationality (synonyms: folly, foolishness, madness, idiocy, stupidity, silliness) “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”  I can think of no other word. After Columbine, I was shocked. After Sandy Hook I felt broken. After Parkland, I feel like we are all slowly going insane. Some of the suggestions for how to combat the issue only… Read more

Guest Post: Margot DeGreef  It’s a common sight: American church groups traveling in matching t-shirts, with a catchy phrase describing how they are going to help Haiti. Often their help consists of raising money for an orphanage, doing maintenance work at the buildings and playing with the children. After a week the group leaves, feeling transformed and happy to have helped.  How helpful is this though?  Is volunteering with orphanages a positive way to make a difference?  Orphanages supported by well-meaning congregations… Read more

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