A less popular faith

Jul 6, 2015 by

The largest religious groups in the United States received some difficult news in a recent survey. Mainline Protestant, Catholic and evangelical Christians all dropped in numbers over the past several years,...

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Challenges of a new home

May 25, 2015 by

My husband and I recently moved into the home we purchased a few months ago. We can envision living here for decades. Once all of the boxes are unpacked and the furniture put in place, we’ll need some time...

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Our stuff tells our story

Apr 13, 2015 by

Ah, stuff. There’s nothing quite like moving a household to spark thoughts on what it means in our culture and our tradition to have possessions and try to live faithfully with them. Except this time my...

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Ordained to be reverent

Mar 2, 2015 by

Culminating two years of being a licensed minister, and following eight years of seeing an inkling of a calling to pastoral ministry grow into a deep truth in my life, I was ordained in December. Since then,...

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A faithful leader engages creation care

Jan 19, 2015 by

In recent months, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Brian Sauder, a fellow credentialed Mennonite minister. Last year he became executive director of Faith in Place, headquartered in Chicago, which...

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Jury duty

Dec 8, 2014 by

As the judge began her address to the panel of jurors, she said that to serve on a jury is one of the highest civic duties, second only to being in the armed services “defending our country.” That was when...

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Reducing infant deaths

Oct 27, 2014 by

Singing “Nothing is lost on the breath of God” in church on a recent Sunday, my mind called up the face and tiny body of the stillborn child I blessed most recently. I had read about a church that held a...

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Choosing smartly

Sep 15, 2014 by

I was a late adopter to having a cellphone. Even my grandfather owned one before I did. It was my last year of college when I figured out that a cellphone plan would be cheaper than calling cards to reach my...

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Friend of homeless?

Aug 4, 2014 by

A verse of Scripture has been haunting me. I hear it as an indictment of an aspect of my personal life. It was read and preached on during Sunday worship in February. Then I found it in the unifying passage of...

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My ‘to don’t’ list

Jun 23, 2014 by

April Yamasaki, pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C., gave me and other readers of her blog a great idea: an “I don’t do” list, alternatively called a “to don’t do” list. An “I...

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Competing for a house

May 12, 2014 by

I’m not generally a competitive person. But the capacity for competitiveness is there and sometimes it comes out in surprising moments. Recently it happened when I thought that a house my husband and I are...

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Vision of abundance

Mar 31, 2014 by

A man stood on a street corner selling magazines produced by an advocacy organization for the homeless — vendors keep part of their sales and build job skills. When a passerby told him she didn’t have $2...

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Honoring heritage, by any name

Feb 17, 2014 by

Names matter. They mark us as shaped by particular people who chose them or carried them down. A colleague who recently became engaged asked my thoughts about last names. I’ve received such questions for as...

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Resolve to judge others, and ourselves, less

Jan 6, 2014 by

It caught me by surprise that tears came to my eyes at an otherwise upbeat event around the campaign advocating $15 an hour for people working fast food and low-end retail jobs, rather than the minimum wage...

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