A Church of Storymakers

The first time I saw a woman preach from the pulpit was in seminary. I grew up in a traditional Presbyterian church made up of Korean immigrants and their children. The leaders of the church were all Korean men, along with one African American man. The pastor, youth leaders, and teachers were always male. Meanwhile, women taught Sunday School to the children... Read more

The Stewardship Challenge to Shorting the Soul

Take control of your money . . . How to invest with confidence . . .  Four distinctive habits of wealthy people . . .  If you want to retire in 10 years, do these five things . . . These are just a few of the money-related headlines screaming off my computer screen. OK, I admit I didn’t click on them all, so no way did I read all the articles. But I’m... Read more

A Christmas Story for a Political Season

It’s December, and we have entered the season of narrative. Around the globe, adorable children in Sunday School classrooms are presenting nativity pageants in hundreds of different languages. They don headgear cut from bedsheets and cardboard-and-aluminum angels’ wings. Nervous but excited, they anxiously watch for their pageant directors’ cues . . . and then,... Read more

Back to the Future of Religion

Does Demographic Research Create the Religious "Reality" It Describes?

If you somehow managed to Marty McFly yourself back to the High Middle Ages—the epoch of Christendom influence in the pre-Reformation West—you’d likely catch a glimpse of the future of faith even as you regarded the sights, sounds, and (alas) smells of its glorious past. And if you happened to be a researcher from the Pew Forum, survey form in hand, you might become... Read more

The Privilege of Belonging

One weekend this fall my husband and I flew to New Mexico. One of our twin sons is a college junior in Santa Fe, and we find that the 2,500 miles between us pulls at our heartstrings. Parents’ Weekend offered us a legitimate pretense for visiting. This particular son, our picky eater, has grown up to be a foodie. With the parents in town to foot the bill, he... Read more

The Bible in One Hand, Beer in the Other

How to Make Oktoberfest Holy

Autumn is the best season. I love it all: gorgeous leaves, crisp temperatures, flannel fresh from the closet, and, if you’re into that sort of thing, pumpkin spice lattes. There’s so much to love this time of year, but my absolute favorite marker of the season is Oktoberfest beer. A few weeks ago, when I saw the first Oktoberfest display in my local liquor store... Read more

Beyond Reconciliation

Race, Religion, and Reparations in the White Church

“Justice is what love looks like in public.”—Cornel West The #BlackLivesMatter movement (#BLM) has captured the attention of the nation. From the streets of Ferguson, New York, Cleveland, and Baltimore to the stages of Republican primary debates and the political platforms of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the movement has informed and shaped a national... Read more

September 11

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I drove to the university for my classes. I flipped the radio on, like I always do, to listen to pop music on my commute. This morning was different. There was no music. Instead, the morning DJs were trying to confirm whether two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center. Their voices wavered between incredulity and terror.... Read more

Anchor Babies and #MyAsianAmericanStory

Call (Out) and Response

Redemption comes in strange places, small spaces Calling out the best of who we are And I want to add to the beauty To tell a better story I want to shine with the light That’s burning up inside… ~Sara Groves As we enter full swing into another presidential primary election season, we become inundated with a number of “interesting” comments from the candidates.... Read more
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