by Elea Kemler, May 6 2020

Startled into Noticing

"..if we could perhaps do nothing for once, perhaps a great silence would interrupt this sadness, this never understanding ourselves and threatening ourselves with death, perhaps the earth is teaching us…." —Pablo Neruda, "A callarse" ("Keeping Quiet," translated by Stephen Mitchell)One of the regul

by Jude Geiger, April 29 2020

Refusing the Lie

“Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved.” ―Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of CapitalismRaise your hand if you believe you’re not doing enough right now. Do you feel like you still

by Amanda Poppei, April 22 2020

Holding On and Letting Go

“There ain't no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.” ―the character of Gloria Dump in Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamilloIt's spring cleaning time, and all around me people are asking what sparks joy in their lives.

by Manish Mishra-Marzetti, April 15 2020

We Cannot Escape One Another

“In all this madness, even if it kills every single one of us and there’s no one left to tell the stories, it matters that we love each other well.” —Paul Richards, who died of AIDS, as remembered by Rev. Kim Crawford HarvieAn invisible virus without any cure; a death sentence for some and not for o

by Myke Johnson, April 8 2020

In the Midst of Powerlessness

“The Spirit of the Holy is upon me, who has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. That one has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the time of blessing from the Holy.” —the prophet IsaiahI wake in the night with pain in my heart for all that

by Aram Mitchell, April 1 2020

The Muscle of Our Collective Spirit

“My days are a thirsty atonal combination of the mundane and the apocalyptic.” — Audre Lorde, in A Burst of Light: And Other EssaysI have a muscular intimacy with my bathroom door. What I mean is that when I close the door, I sort of fling it shut behind me as I walk in. I realized the other day tha

by Rita Capezzi, March 25 2020

At a Threshold

“At any time, you can ask yourself: at which threshold am I now?… At this time in my life, what am I leaving? Where am I about to enter?” —John O’DonohueWhen I was a professor, I always stayed one move ahead of my students. Before an essay was due, the assignment was ready and last essay returned. E

by Laura Solomon, March 18 2020

The Ninth Obstacle

“Your grandparents were called to war. You’re being called to sit on your couch.” —Internet memeWhile it’s true that we are not being called to war, it's also true that these are challenging times. I would argue that some of us are being called to do far more than sit on our couch. Most of us, in fa

by Erika A. Hewitt, March 11 2020

The Smallest Biggest Number

In this community, we hold hope close. We don’t always know what comes next, but that cannot dissuade us. We don’t always know just what to do, but that will not mean that we are lost in the wilderness. We rely on the certainty beneath, the foundation of our values and ethics. —Rev. Theresa I. Soto,

by Alix Klingenberg, March 4 2020

Two Sides of the Same Coin

“There is nothing unusual about feeling the suffering (or glory) of another life. This is how we are designed, to live in intimate relationship with all life around us.” —Susan RaffoThe video ended and the speakers were buzzing again while the professor lectured. I tried to ignore the sound but I co

by Caitlin Cotter Coillberg, February 26 2020

New Levels of Sacred

Breathe deeply, until sweet air extinguishes the burn of fear in your lungs and every breath is a beautiful refusal to become anything less than infinite. —D. Antoinette Foycontent warning: pregnancy lossI’ve always found early morning a holy time—not that I necessarily want to be awake then; someti

by Katie Romano Griffin, February 19 2020

The Truth About Chocolate?

“Search engines find the information, not necessarily the truth.” ― Amit Kalantri"How do you make the best vegan chocolate?” This simple question started a three-hour journey down an internet rabbit hole. One video led to another: Coconut oil or cacao butter as a base? Raw cacao or cocoa powder? Sug

by Elea Kemler, February 12 2020

Assisted Living Devices

"I live constantly with the awareness that there are no maps for what I am doing; that I am making the path as I go. Yet …even as I move across what seems like uncharted territory, there is a way that lies beneath the way that I am going. We are all creating the road as we go. Yet beneath this, und

by Lindasusan Ulrich, February 5 2020

Amplified a Thousandfold

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” —Amelia EarhartMy friend Ty is a rock star. I mean, he’s literally a rock star. His band Vintage Trouble has played shows all over the world, headlined music festivals, and opened for the likes

by David Kohlmeier, January 29 2020

The Spark of Life

“Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it will go next, so it is with the Spirit. We do not know on whom [the Spirit] will next bestow this life from heaven.” —John 3:8 (The Living Bible)Fred didn’t have very long to live; that’s why he had called me to see him. I

by Karen G. Johnston, January 22 2020

From Broken Parts, Whole

“Shards of glass can cut and wound or magnify a vision. Mosaic celebrates brokenness and the beauty of being brought together.” ―Terry Tempest Williams, "Finding Beauty in a Broken World"I made a beautiful piece of art in a mosaic class this summer, but there were times when I was frustrated at my o

by Adrian L. H. Graham, January 15 2020

Unafraid

“Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee.” ― Marcus Aurelius, MeditationsI remember once leaving a party, held at the house of some friends from church, and being told, “You shouldn’t use the alleyways to get home.” I had not been living in the city

by Robin Tanner, January 8 2020

More Than a Sum

“…and the ones who stood without sweet company will sing and sing back into the mountains and if necessary even under the seawe are the ones we have been waiting for” —excerpt, “Poem for South African Women” by June JordanWe are gathered at a Walmart in downtown El Paso, forty-six days after the Aug

by Tim Atkins, January 1 2020

Next Year's Words

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” ―T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"New Year’s is without a doubt the most meaningful winter holiday for me. As a religious humanist, none of the other winter holidays have ever really called to me. But to me

by Elea Kemler, December 18 2019

Messy, Wildly Imperfect Love

Blessed are you in whom the light lives, in whom the brightness blazes— your heart a chapel, an altar where in the deepest night can be seen the fire that shines forth in you in unaccountable faith in stubborn hope in love that illumines every broken thing it finds. —Jan Richardson, "Blessed Are You

by Elizabeth Bukey, December 11 2019

The Body of Love

"Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot were to say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear were to say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make

by Karen G. Johnston, December 4 2019

Leveling Up

“Level Two is where you become privy to the giant mystery, the fabulous conspiracy that is Santa. You are entrusted with the secret, that Santa is SO much bigger than you imagined, that you, in fact, get to be Santa, too.” —Rev. Joanna Fontaine CrawfordOne year—but not the year the Christmas tree fe

by Tomo Hillbo, November 27 2019

Crisis and Opportunity

“My storehouse having burned down, I can now see the moon.” — Mizuta Masahide, 17th-century Japanese samurai poetContent warning: This reflection refers to the author experiencing abuse as a child.In Japanese, “crisis” (危機) and “opportunity” (機会) share a character: 機. This character has many meaning

by Katie Romano Griffin, November 20 2019

The Fierce Fist Pump

“The most delicate flower is still a badass, it sucks food from roots, stares at the sun and basks in it. It wrestles the wind, and drinks rain.” —Rob GradThe world feels like a hot mess and while this isn’t breaking news, it seems like every other Tweet, Facebook post, or article is a wind causing