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June 26, 2018

Sister Joanna takes the final step to monastic life

By Katelyn Ferral

  The rite began with a question: “What do you ask?” The reply: “The mercy of God and of the Order.” Midmorning on a Saturday...

February 20, 2018

Practicing an embodied faith through yoga

By Kathy Khang

  My first Bible lessons were taught in 2-D -- flannel storyboards with cartoonish paper-cutout versions of Queen Esther and baby Jesus. Everyone in the...

February 20, 2018

Gretchen E. Ziegenhals: The holy work of seating charts

By Gretchen E. Ziegenhals

  This past Christmas, I had a group of 14 over for dinner. My guests ranged from 17 to 60 years old and included old...

January 23, 2018

Robert Saler: ‘Why don’t I get a vacation, too?’ How to talk about clergy sabbaticals

By Robert C. Saler

  One of my favorite jokes, particularly during the period when I served in a parish, tells of a pastor who is in her office,...

June 13, 2017

Gretchen E. Ziegenhals: ‘Living prayer’ by praying with beads

By Gretchen E. Ziegenhals

  If theologian Sarah Coakley had one message about power for Christian institutional leaders, it would focus on “the power that comes through transparency to...

September 20, 2016

Mel Williams: What I’ve learned from Baptists, monks, Quakers and backpackers

By Mel Williams

  I’ve had a lifelong, relentless wonderment about what compels people to seek a spiritual community. “Why are you here?” I often asked myself as...

May 17, 2016

Gretchen E. Ziegenhals: We are called to be keepers of an open tent

By Gretchen E. Ziegenhals

  When my family prepares for guests, we tend to sweep the clutter off the counters, light a candle, set out homemade salsa and chips,...

March 22, 2016

A Minneapolis congregation finds new life through the ancient practice of keeping Sabbath

By Jeff Strickler

  When the Rev. Kara Root came to Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church in 2008, the congregation wasn't exactly desperate. "They were already past desperate," Root...

February 9, 2016

Les Carpenter: Improv saved my priesthood

By Les Carpenter

  I still remember the first time I had to speak in front of an audience. It was in seventh grade. I was just giving...

February 24, 2015

Andrea Palpant Dilley: Slacking off and the call to Sabbath

By Andrea Palpant Dilley

  At a conference I attended last year, Richard Foster, the Quaker spiritual writer and author of "Celebration of Discipline," spoke on the perils of...