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When challenges like COVID-19 present themselves, it's a reminder that we should not live in fear of each other, but in support of each other.
When it comes to the hot and hostile topic of racism, how can I talk so another person will listen? Maybe more importantly, how can I listen so another person will talk?
Audio can capture what the printed page can't, sometimes. A new FaVS podcast seeks to explore how communities of faith are dealing with the pandemic.
Most of us prefer wearing our layers of mental or metaphorical masks. It may be even more tempting to do so as we wear literal masks to protect ourselves from the coronavirus. But unmasking leads to real spiritual growth.
Whatever the politicians say, the Bible tells us that growing as Christians requires us to be in community with each other.
Caruso’s Sandwiches and Artisan Pizza, IHOP, Mod Pizza and other area restaurants will be donating 15% to 25% of proceeds from takeout orders to local food bank Second Harvest on Takeout Tuesday this Tuesday.
Even for those of us who endure the coronavirus pandemic with a minimum of disruption, I sense we all live in some degree of “stuck.” Arguably, everyone alive right now is feeling “stuck” to a lesser or greater degree.
If I look at one more final exam I’m going to go cross-eyed. That’s how the final week of school always goes, but usually it ends with me getting to shake the hands of my seniors before they walk out the door.
The Rev. Deb Conklin writes, “This pandemic has brought home for me a commitment I made after Wall Street created an economic crash in 2008 – a commitment to work to create local economies that support healthy communities instead of multinational corporations.”
We already know why we’re anxious. We’ve been isolated for weeks; we still don’t know whether we or someone we love will be sickened by coronavirus; our wallets feel the pinch of an economy throttled by quarantine and social distancing.
What if we cannot predict, let alone control, the spirit of God any more than meteorology can control the weather on, say, Easter Sunday?
It can be OK to go for a bike ride or wander in the woods right now, to detach from all the bad news that’s flooding your screen. But also use this time to live in the moment and feel connected to those that don’t have the option to escape.
Mental gremlins, when acknowledged and even nurtured, might give rise to the wild idea or long-forgotten story that must be shared, jettisoning us from a moment of solitude to connect with another person.
The coronavirus pandemic is pressing us Christians to practice what we’ve long preached: The church is not a building, but a people set apart by God for His glory in the world.
Six degrees of separation is the popular idea that all people are six, or fewer, social connections from each other. The term was first used in 1929 – and popularized in a 1993 movie of the same name – to emphasize how closely connected people are all over the world.
Recently I was faced with a big decision, one I agonized over. Should I stay in the Spokane area, or move on?
It’s more dangerous than obesity.
Last Monday, I received an advocacy alert from a faith-based group. It was deeply concerned that the Trump administration is again willing to use “religious liberty” as a code term to discriminate against LGBTQ persons who seek social services from faith-based agencies.
Our love has become cheap and easy. We are seduced by a discourse of destruction and discontent. Love is not red, white and blue. We have forgotten, or never really learned, what it means to love our enemies.
Instead of saying we “tolerate” other faith traditions, shouldn’t we be saying we “accept” them?