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Brother Sun, Sister Moon: a Lenten Memory

Brother Sun, Sister Moon: a Lenten Memory

written by Teresa Donati

It was 1972 — how long ago that seems, yet in memory as only yesterday. My group of friends, including spouses (some of us were newlyweds) would attend movies as a group when we could, as many of us as could share the time. We would exchange news of our graduate studies and first teaching positions, our encounters with scholars, the funny and sobering things happening in our lives. And although we were all different […]

The OWG Challenge

The OWG Challenge

“To get more of an understanding of why those who rail against equality and full inclusion of people of color, LGBTQ people, women, and foreign- born people in our society, I began to engage with some who are angry about the origins of that anger. Doing so was enlightening and engenders some sympathy for them in my own thinking.”

Holy Ground

Holy Ground

“Good news, bad news, a cross country move, a death in the family, a new baby, a sudden accident or illness, a change of identity from student to worker, from employed to unemployed, from single to married or vice versa – any one of these things, and so many more – can leave us feeling like Jacob, caught in a profound and unexpected struggle through the long, quiet hours of the night.”

Preparing for Good Friday

Preparing for Good Friday

“The choice we Christians face this Lent is to confront the heritage from the past and its impact or to be silent. For the faithful who have heard over many years the Passion according to John, it can be heard differently this Good Friday. To the seeker who might hear this narrative rarely or even for the first time in our church, what must we say? What will we choose to say— in writing?”

Understanding Evangelism: Three Key Terms

Understanding Evangelism: Three Key Terms

“When evangelism is strictly about sharing the good news, those who evangelize are energized and grow in faith, hope, and love. Conversion remains the amazing grace of the Holy Spirit. Evangelists help conversions happen, even being the linchpin at times. Church Growth stays as the work of the congregation, inviting others to join the community and letting them grow as a new member.”

The Sacred Every Day

The Sacred Every Day

“These are two extremes, between which lie all the ways that God is revealed in our lives. At work, with friends, doing various kinds of labor, in nature, in the deep sorrows and joys of our lives—in each one God reveals himself to us. We have only to stop for a moment and raise our heads, to open our hearts to this moment, to see his revelation.”

Vincent of Saragossa

Vincent of Saragossa

“Vincent was not the only person who paid a price for speaking the truth boldly. Bonhoeffer.  Sebastian. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Perpetua and Felicity. The Maryknoll nuns. Jan Huss. Oscar Romero. William Tyndale. Edith Stein. The list is long, and many who suffered for their faith and died are known only to God.”

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