Faith and Illness: Theodicy and PTSD

There is no safe space in the world. Not your neighborhood. Not your home. Neither the middle of the forest nor the middle of the city. Not your favorite vacation spot. Not your beloved church. No place — familiar or foreign — is absolutely guaranteed to be safe. (There aren’t really safe people either. “For… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Parables

With what shall we compare the realm of God? It is like a dream that is out-of-season and planted for another day. Hidden away it germinates & wonders, roots & grows, until one day it erupts from its hiding place to bloom and be harvested. (Mark 4:26-29) With what shall we compare kin-dom of God?… Read More

Sunday Prayer: Simply

For breath, and wonder, and community, simply: thank you. For peace, and healing, and possibility, simply: please. For hope, and delight, and purpose, simply: amen. Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, blogger, and soccer mom. Her newest book is┬áDenial Is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith) with co-author Martha… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Entirely Normal

“Remember,” the occasional social media post urges, “this is not normal.” The raging rhetoric of an elected official is not normal. The militarization of police is not normal. The peddling of political & financial influence is not normal. The forceful separation of brown & Black children from their parents is not normal. The level of… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: On Earth as in Heaven

Jesus prayed: “Once in heaven I will no longer be in the world, but my friends remain in the world. I have been your word on earth; now I give them your word and the world will not welcome your word in them any more than it did in me.” (John 17:11-14, adapted) On earth… Read More