Friday Festival: Temptation and More

A stained and battered alb has at Diane Roth at Faith in Community thinking about the temptation to keep our true selves hidden.  A misadventure with a pen and the washing machine left her “new” alb with looking worse than ever.  “I briefly considered wearing the alb anyway, on Ash Wednesday.  If you see it,… Read More

Friday Festival: Gifts in Surprising Places

January is a hard month to love, especially in the Northern United States where I live.  Our friends in the Southern Hemisphere may be loving life these days, but January takes a toll here.  Our bloggers, in different locations, are finding unexpected gifts this week, and they share their discoveries with us. Living up to… Read More

Friday Festival ~ Happy New Year Edition!

The New Year is not exactly creeping in on little cat feet.  Celebrations, vacations, new church officers and endeavors, magi, baptism, frigid weather and wild snowstorms bring much of the northern hemisphere to a halt.  There must be something to write about, yes? Rachel Hackenberg starts us off with a New Year’s Eve poem/prayer and… Read More

Friday Festival: Christmas Joy

With all the strains of the world, with all the stresses of extra Advent/Christmas church events & worship services & family get-togethers & present-shopping, with all the ghosts of past expectations & all the spirits of current nail-biting hopes, the proximity of Christmas dares to proclaim something radically different: JOY! JOY: “a whisper, a hint.… Read More

Friday Festival: Stories to Share

Everyone has a story to share and a truth to tell.  The Breath of Life awakens stories within us, and through the writings of our friends, we are able to see how stories have taken shape and how we keep these stories alive. At Gifts in Open Hands, Maren Tirabassi expresses her desire for depth… Read More

Friday Festival: Small Routines, Big Questions

The daily activities of getting up, reading the news, eating a meal and thinking about our habits have our bloggers pondering how our ordinary routines reveal bigger truths. The Thoughtful Pastor, Christy Thomas, is getting a small glimpse of life with a disability or a pre-existing condition, and reflecting on how that changes everything about… Read More