Kriss: On the way still . . .

Aug 10, 2020 by

I’ve relied on my training and experience as a journalist/ writer to guide my work as a pastor. Listening to people’s stories, noticing details, paying attention to both what is said and unsaid remains...

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Andres: Let me tell you what happened

Jul 27, 2020 by

I love stories. I love them in print, on stage, in film and on television. They help me find my way in life. Good stories explore what it means to be human and live in this world. They get at who we are and...

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Still in the lions’ den

Jul 27, 2020 by

If you go to church for 70 years, as I have, some biblical stories get repeated over and over. One is Daniel in the ­lions’ den. To tell the truth, I haven’t read that story for years. Yet, recently, one...

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Andres: An ageless, resilient Story

Jun 15, 2020 by

Last month many communities throughout the U.S. participated in Resilience Week, hosting activities and events about building resilience in individuals and communities. Resilience is the ability to bounce back...

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Book review: All That Belongs

Mar 9, 2020 by

Catherine has spent her professional lifetime preserving the histories of others. As an archivist, she gathers the ephemera of people’s lives, bringing order to the sometimes mysterious, sometimes disordered...

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Andres: God’s story will provide

Dec 23, 2019 by

Last month, Princeton University professor of economics and Nobel Laureate Robert Shiller published a book on narrative economics, which looks at how stories affect individual and collective economic behavior...

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Passport for adventure

Apr 10, 2017 by

There are stories I don’t like to write because I don’t want them to be true. I wish the story about Michael J. Sharp wasn’t true. When I heard he was abducted, I felt grief in my chest and hope in my...

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Involving ourselves in stories — of suffering, redemption

May 14, 2015 by

Myths and stories breathe life into the way we construct our societies. Stories explain our origin, dictate our afterlife, and assign meaning to everything in between: friendship, marriage and families. As...

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Syrian stories need to be told

Sep 24, 2014 by

Hadija is 10 years old. She wakes up at 6 a.m., climbs in the back of a truck full of children, and drives to a potato field in the Bekaa Valley where she will work for at least seven hours. And Rami is 12...

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Much is given, and much will be required

Jul 30, 2014 by

At first when I heard one of the main focuses of my cross-cultural experience to Guatemala (with Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va.) would be immigration, I have to admit, I was...

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Stories: Paths to justice

Jan 20, 2014 by

Civil rights leader C.T. Vivian recently spoke at a peace and justice gathering in Detroit. He recalled the struggles of the civil rights era. He said they were successful because justice seekers supported...

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