Written by Tracy Kristoff // There is a painting in our daughters’ room that reads: “A family is a circle of people who love each other. –Anonymous.” I imagine this statement reflects many families who have made a conscious choice to expand their lives through adoption. Adoption is a difficult choice for many people. It is … Continue reading Sacred Connections: How Familial Relationships Teach Us to Encounter Others
Written by Gillian Henry // Buses, trams, the metro screeching underground, pedestrian crosswalks streaming people. Snow boots, leather boots, Converse, sandals. Squeaking snow, slushing muck, puffing cottonwood, blowing dust. To school, to church, to friends', to the market. This was my every day. College freshmen. Classes rushing, cafeteria clanging, armchair studying, passing the weight room … Continue reading Walking Humbly
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?
Written by Ashleigh Gibb //Thailand is a country clothed in so much beauty, from one side to the next. It is a land of mountains, farmland, and striking beaches, alongside the world’s friendliest people. Many travel to “the land of smiles” for respite from their daily lives, whether it’s just for a two-week holiday or a … Continue reading Trekking away from Trafficking: Restoring Dignity in the Face of Modern Day Slavery
Written by Marisa Tirado // My Instagram and Facebook accounts intentionally exclude my collections of prickly feelings toward the government’s decisions or frustrations with Christianity’s "oops" moments. I’m among the many who are too often guilty of judging the hyper-political social media users, scrolling through their feeds thinking, "Really? Another passive aggressive HuffPost article?" I … Continue reading The Social Media Comfort Zone