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This Work Must Go On
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 8:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Pat McSweeney For people in Shreveport, Louisiana, Christian Service (CS) represents different things. For pe ...

The Red River Rises
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

John Hulden This column was adapted from a sermon preached by John Hulden at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, Minnesota, on Sunday, A ...

Four Seasons and the Moon
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Valerie Schultz The hardest mothering of all is to give your children their own existence. My daughters sp ...

My Friend Buddy
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Carol Fennelly If I had to choose one word to describe my friend Buddy Gray, it would be relentless. He was an advocate on behalf of ...

Legs That Will Be Straight
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. The phone call came as it does to many parents at some point in the growing-up years of their children. Colleen had fallen ...

The Comfort of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/20/2013 - 4:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cynthia J. Martens "Death sucks." Five years ago this was the opening of a eulogy by a minister for a mutual friend who died tr ...

No Limit On Love
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors  At home, the best-known of Sojourners' Washington, D.C.-based ministries is the Sojourners Neighborhood Center, ...

Freedom School Summer
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Barbara Tamialis One day in early May I left Sojourners Neighborhood Center for about an hour to run to the post office and the bank. ...

Breaking the Cycle
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Monica Kennedy I am going to begin this story, in a sense, where it ended, and where it will never end. I am g ...

Shadows and Light
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Marcy Porter Nights are the worst. I toss and turn, seeking a blessed relief from consciousness that seems to come only at dawn. ...

Two-Way Streets of Resentment
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage Tiesha became nervous as Ann and I took her trick or treating through Columbia Heights. "I hope they don't shoot ...

When the Music Stops
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

David A. Wade Every year, at our family reunion, one more seat of memories and laughter is empty. Every year, ...

Grief in Community
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Ron Green "The door is locked! "The door is locked! Why won't they unlock the door and let me ...

The Paradox of City Life
Originally Posted: 09/03/2014 - 12:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

Karen Lattea When I tell people I live in Washington, D.C., a common reply is, "I'm sorry to hear that." ...

A Mother's Ministry
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Cynthia J. Carney About five years ago, when my husband and I were hosting a gathering from our parish, a member of the group made a comm ...

Good Reading for Children
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Marybeth Shea I cut my political teeth on United Farm Worker grape boycotts in California's San Joaquin Valley. ...

The Green Spirituality of Playgrounds
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 8:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Marybeth Shea I guess I am doin' all right. I'm studyin', and like the teacher says, it pays off. ...

When Family Tests Our Theology
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan R. Anderson As I yelled at Melissa and Gabriel for disobeying, a terrible contradiction flashed before me, but I beat it down, i ...

Teen-agers Are People Too
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Marybeth Shea In 1974, my family moved from Great Falls, Montana, to Visalia, California. All moves are difficult, but this one—falling b ...

Radical Aging
Originally Posted: 09/03/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrea Ayvazian "Welcome to the 40s," a friend said to me on my birthday, "the old age of youth and the youth of old age.& ...

Sing 'Til the Power Comes Down
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marybeth Shea Summer campfires and sing-alongs aside, the history of God's people is written twice: Once in documents beginning with ...

Getting Intimate--With God
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 11:56am | Type: Magazine Article

Sally Schreiner I recently attended a retreat focusing on "Journeying With Jesus in Our Singleness." The 14 women in attendance ...

Sacred Spaces
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marybeth Shea If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come. —Chinese Proverb If I keep a gr ...