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Nothing Special

Emily C. Heath

When I was a hospice chaplain I saw a lot of people die with regrets.

Sorry for the Sloppy Sound Bite

Lillian Daniel

Sometimes, in our desire for a sound bite or a slogan, we sacrifice meaning, nuance and depth.

Off to Great Places

Kenneth L. Samuel

The journey of self-discovery is the most amazing journey of all, because worlds outside of us have little meaning unless they touch and inspire the worlds inside of us.


Welcome Table

Vince Amlin

Ray's home is a 6-foot by 9-foot cell on Florida's Death Row. It was from this tiny room that he joined our community three decades ago.


Matt Laney

If mixing geo-political questions with religion is not your morning cup of devotional tea, stop now and read your Bible instead, where you will find more geo-political issues blended with religion.  Anyway…


Donna Schaper

I have been thinking about spending the spring working through some of the nature texts in the Bible for a sermon series.  When I started my search I realized that very few were NOT about nature.


Idol Making

Matt Fitzgerald

Equating God with an appreciation for nature risks suggesting that those who cannot afford leafy tree-lined streets don’t have equal access to the divine. Less than two miles from my house there are kids running down the street in order to dodge bullets, not peep leaves.

Paper Boats

Molly Baskette

A sacrament is: an outward and visible sign of an inner and invisible event. Sometimes, our bodies do things we wish our spirits could do.

Bring It!

Jared A. Rardin

Don’t wait to see the evidence that God’s good news is coming.  Be the evidence that God’s good news is already here! 


Donna Schaper

Psychologists tell us that the most powerful experience people can have is to be recognized.