Ritual & Risks in Ethiopian Coffee Ceremonies

Written by Chris Keil //  I am seated with new friends and acquaintances in a small main room of a small home in Ethiopia. A wonderful mix of smells swirls around the group as we chat about family, professional projects, and world affairs. The fragrance of burning eucalyptus charcoal and incense permeates the space. Soon, … Continue reading Ritual & Risks in Ethiopian Coffee Ceremonies

Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Written by Alex & Lynn Jones //  “Alex, why do you live in the ‘hood?” my incredulous cousin asked during our (Alex and Lynn) wedding weekend. We graduated from college with a strong sense of intentionality: We moved with several of our friends to Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood to continue exploring themes of race, justice, … Continue reading Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Beach Boys: How a Brit and a Group of Arawak Hunters Taught Me to See People as Human

Written by Johanna Depenthal // An observer on a moonlit spring night in 1964 on the coast of the South American country now known as Guyana might have been surprised to spy a tall, young British man moving silently and determinedly down remote Shell Beach.  Also patrolling the beach, though with a very different aim, … Continue reading Beach Boys: How a Brit and a Group of Arawak Hunters Taught Me to See People as Human