Friday Festival: What We Embrace

Is it time to join a gym?  Follow up on a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking?  Make friends with Marie Kondo?  Our bloggers are writing about the gifts and challenges of the new year. Thinking about the star words that are often given at Epiphany, as a personal guiding star for the year ahead,… Read More

Friday Festival: Incarnation Impact

  It’s the fourth day of Christmas, and we may still be working our way back into whatever “normal” looks like for us. The world around us seems to shift gears with relative ease. “Happy Holidays” has been replaced with “Happy New Year”; Christmas candy has been discounted to make room for pink and red… Read More

Friday Festival: Last Tastes of Advent

In these last days of Advent, our bloggers are pondering the empty spaces that remain.  Underneath the tinsel and carols, they’re exploring places of quiet and absence, calling us to a different kind of wholeness. Who belongs in the nativity scene?  Michelle Henrichs is wondering.  She balks at putting the magi into the scene, since… Read More

Friday Festival: God Pops Up in the Questions

As the November days grow short, and the light wanes, our bloggers are listening for God, and are asking God – and the rest of us – thoughtful questions. The cold and dark are inspiring Connie Tuttle to think about the gifts of Advent, which mirror the gifts of other shadowy seasons.  “We begin to… Read More

Friday Festival: Regaining Our Footing

One of our bloggers began a reflection this week by saying “I never imagined I would have to preach a sermon about anti-Semitism.” It’s been a week of unprecedented violence, unimaginable callousness, and unapologetic hate speech. Some of our bloggers are probing the depths of the pain and anger; others are seeking to find a… Read More

Friday Festival: Right Here

Our bloggers are offering their thoughts from the places they are.  Whether it’s the season, or a challenge, or the hospital, each of them is writing from “right here, right now” this week. Stuck.  The word sounds like the feeling.  Elizabeth Hagan is reflecting on what to do when we feel stuck.  Thinking about her… Read More