Category Children

Use Your Words

To put it mildly, much of the debate last night was exhausting, embarrassing, and our people deserve better. Second to the dismissal of illegal and violating sexual assault as “locker room talk,” I found the times a former president’s character was referenced as a slight against the current presidential candidate-simply because they’re married-also offensive.  I […]

All is not calm; all is not bright

Thanks to Christian Century for publishing this piece about the violence many Chicago teens know all too well.

Symbols of the Season

While cleaning my condo a few days ago, I accidentally vacuumed up baby Jesus from one of the nativity scenes and had to retrieve him from the almighty Dyson. I dusted him off and glued his sweet lil head back in the manger. He isn’t really even supposed to be there yet since it’s still […]

A Royal Priesthood

With all the press about Kate Middleton’s hospitalization due to her diagnosis of hyperemesis gravidarum, I can’t help but wonder how Diana would respond. Perhaps Diana would have already called the media out for all the hype and speculation. Maybe she would have reminded the world of the many women and children who are hospitalized […]

Joy of Every Longing Heart

Yesterday during the “announcements” segment of worship, there were comments about upcoming cookie baking, intergenerational Advent crafts, and other such holiday activities. Then a child raised his hand, and when the pastor acknowledged him asked, “Is Christmas about joy?” The pastor thanked him for his question and said that it was a perfect transition to […]

Here is the Church, Here is the Steeple… Re-writing the Rhyme

A little rhyme I learned as a child goes like this, “Here is the church. Here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people.” There are hand gestures to go along with it to up the dexterity ante: Face hands toward each other. Lock fingers together facing down. Hold both index fingers […]