Feature Articles

Jan 23, 2015

Rediscovering Community: How One Facebook Group Led Me Back to the Internet

by Alissa Wilkinson
Years ago, during Lent, I wrote a short post about how many of my friends were choosing to fast from Facebook—an admirable move, I argued, but probably even more beneficial if it helped us re-think how we used Facebook. I argued that Facebook, like any technology, can act as an...Read more +
Jan 29, 2015

Elevator Operator

Elevator Operator
Bruce Renfroe, an elevator operator in New York City, quickly came to recognize the same somber faces riding his elevator every day. The passengers rarely spoke or even acknowledged one another. Bruce Renfroe took action.Read more +
Jan 23, 2015

Rediscovering Community: With a Little Help from Our Friends

“I’ll bring some lemon chicken tomorrow evening,” a friend from church texted. “You are so good to us! Thank you! We will gratefully and gladly receive it,” I texted back. During an intense two months when my husband and I dealt with a chaotic situation, our family’s meals had become...Read more +
Jan 23, 2015

Rediscovering Community: Redefining Real Friends

I huddle with my husband and two teenagers in a cloud of breath, mesmerized by orange flames licking glass inside two lamps flanking the front door, waiting for signs of life after pushing the doorbell. We’ve arrived for a respite on our first day of a holiday road trip after...Read more +
Jan 27, 2015

"How Important Are Personal Relationships?" - Kimberly Renner

"How important are personal relationships?" - Kimberly Renner
We have plenty of opportunities to treat personal interactions as either transactions...or as opportunities, however brief, for relationships. Which has more to offer?Read more +
Jan 23, 2015

Rediscovering Community: Missional Communities That Change Lives

Stan and Holly are a delightful couple who, hungry for authentic community, started going to one of our church’s missional communities. We have over fifty of these groups meeting all around town. This group of around twenty-five to thirty people was focused on bringing together couples from their area to...Read more +
Jan 23, 2015

Rediscovering Community: Move into the Neighborhood

A coyote was roaming our street. Most of the neighborhood was aware of the coyote’s whereabouts from postings on a private Facebook page, but one couple isn’t on social media. The timing wasn’t convenient or ideal, but warning my neighbors to be cautious and then listening to their struggles trumped...Read more +
Jan 16, 2015

Paying Well: Let the Corners Go

by Alissa Wilkinson
I’ve never worked in a service industry that involved tipping. But I’ve heard the horror stories. Some of the worst involve church groups who refuse to tip well, which makes me glad I haven’t had to work for tips. Because of my job, I spend a lot of time on...Read more +
Jan 22, 2015

Margo Engberg: Creating Cupcakes and Community

This video comes courtesy of our friends over at Centered , a site focused on faith, work and leadership. Margo Engberg is the mother of four adopted children from Guatemala and the founder of Pinkabella Cupcakes , a gourmet cupcake boutique. Since founding PinkaBella six years ago, Margo has donated...Read more +

Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

Guilt, Grief, and Grace in Divorce

Remember the game where people sit in a circle and one person begins by whispering a phrase into the next person’s ear? That person whispers the phrase into the next person’s ear and so on until the phrase has made its way around the whole circle. The phrase has a way of changing a lot from the first whisper to the last. In today’s passage, Jesus addresses the important topic of divorce. Divorce was frequent in Jesus’ day, and it...Read more +