Easter Exposes the Idol of “Normal”

Easter Exposes the Idol of “Normal”

One seeming constant since the COVID-19 pandemic started has been a desire to “get back to normal.” Last year, former President Trump wanted us to get back to normal by Easter. Governors of various states have rushed to ease lockdown restrictions so that we can get...
Little Things Offer Big Inspiration at Easter

Little Things Offer Big Inspiration at Easter

I was surprised by the message my breakfast cereal box silently but boldly proclaimed to me: “Find Big Inspiration in the Little Things!” It asserted that “a joyful life is lived in the little things, which tend to add up in a big way.” As our world tentatively...
U.S. Confidence in Safe In-Person Worship Increases

U.S. Confidence in Safe In-Person Worship Increases

A majority (76%) of U.S. adults who typically attend religious services at least monthly are confident that they now can safely attend an in-person faith gathering, according to a Pew Research Center report published March 22. This is a 12-point increase from July...
7 Examples of Slower-Impact Humanitarian Crises

7 Examples of Slower-Impact Humanitarian Crises

“Humanitarian crisis” normally – and rightly – describes emergency situations where the well-being of people is in danger to a level that overwhelms their ability to respond. Currently, the influx of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border has earned the label,...
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...