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Words of Advice to Faith-Inspired Activists

By Thomas Merton

The Big Results Are Not in Your Hands

Do not depend on the hope of results. When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essentially an apostolic work, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect.

Fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder with a Difference

By Christine Aroney-Sine 

Like at least 10 million other Americans, I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. My symptoms start in the autumn and continue into the winter months, sapping my energy and making me more irritable.

An Advent Reflection from John 1:43-51

by Alejandra Ortiz & Abdiel Espinoza

Editor’s Note: This post is part of our Advent series 2022 entitled “Advent from the Margins,” where we’ve asked writers to submit reflections on what waiting for Christ means in their context.

As Ron Would Say, “People Need Jesus and a Job”

By Shane Claiborne

I first met Ron at Eastern Univeristy—he was at the seminary and I was fresh out of the East Tennessee Bible belt.  I arrived at Eastern with a very open mind, but new to connecting my faith to the bigger social issues and questions of how to address poverty.

A Prayer Against the Marginalization of Queer People

By Kenji Kuramitsu

Triune God,

You exist beyond categorization and beyond the limits of what we can understand.

Reveal to us the fluid, all-embracing community of love and light that is at the heart of your character in three persons.

Reflections on Ron Sider

By Ruth Padilla DeBorst

I first encountered Ron Sider in the context of the International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation (INFEMIT). What hit me about Ron was his incredibly gracious spirit. He was a good listener, an advocate for people whose voices were not heard.

Why Single-Issue Voting Doesn’t Reflect the Gospel

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto
Single-issue voting works for political operatives trying to grab the Christian vote, but it is an unfaithful representation of the fullness of the heart of God. It reflects political pragmatism but not Christian faithfulness.

Webinar: Pastoral Care for Queer People

By Francesca Nuzzolese

What are the pastoral care needs of queer Christians, and how are they distinct from those of non-queer people? How can you better care for God’s queer children in your ministry, wherever you find yourself on the theological spectrum concerning sexuality and gender?

More Ancient Truths: A Review of "Becoming Coztōtōtl"

By Aline Mello

Originally published October 4, 2020


My first encounter with Tejana writer Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros was through her Twitter account, where she asks thoughtful questions and offers kindness in her comments to poets, Christian writers, and anyone else who engages with her.

How Do You Want to Die?

By Dr. Margaret Kim Peterson

Originally published January 27, 2017

Has anyone—a family member, a friend, a pastor, a doctor—ever asked you this question? Have you ever initiated a conversation with someone else about what your wishes are for the end of your life, or what their wishes are for the end of theirs?

The Joy of Hospitality

By Christine Sine 

In Norman Wirzba’s wonderful book Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating he comments: “Eating is about extending hospitality and making room for others to find life by sharing in our own….