The Spiritual Benefits of Your Furry Companion

The Spiritual Benefits of Your Furry Companion

A friend shared his picture on Facebook. He had shaggy hair with sad eyes. I fell in love immediately. “This little guy needs a home!” The caption read. “Anyone interested? He is a sweet, sweet boy and very friendly.” After a back and forth in the comments section, I,...
Eid Mubarak: Good Faith Around a Table

Eid Mubarak: Good Faith Around a Table

My wife and I had the honor of breaking a daily fast during Ramadan with Muhammet and Zuleyha Ali Sezer. Muhammet is the executive director and CEO of both the Raindrop Turkish House of Oklahoma and Dialogue Institute of Oklahoma. He and his family graciously invited...
Why We Need to Change Our Culture of Loneliness

Why We Need to Change Our Culture of Loneliness

Loneliness is on the rise and this will have significant consequences. The Health Resources and Services Administration recently used U.S. Census data to confirm that more and more Americans are living alone. Over 35 million (14% of all U.S. adults), now live by...
3 Habits Help Lonely People Feel Connected

3 Habits Help Lonely People Feel Connected

How do we encourage people who are in the midst of deep loneliness? As someone who disciples teenage girls, I have certainly been asking myself this question. Faith communities at large have been feeling the impact of loneliness and isolation in a whole new way in the...
Pandemic Has Changed Grieving Rituals

Pandemic Has Changed Grieving Rituals

Grief has not changed during COVID-19, but the rituals of grieving have. The long-term effects of those changes will be more evident in the months and years ahead. How we grieve as we lose a family member to a terminal illness like cancer can help us contrast the...