Formation

Shortening The Time Between Fear and Trust

By Linda Truxell

This summer I really enjoyed the sermon series on the “Fruit of the Spirit”– love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, generosity, faith, gentleness and self-control (as described by the Apostle Paul in Galatians).   While I looked

Practicing Self Control in New Environments

By Sophie Tsamaidis

When I was in elementary, I went to a small Christian school. It was an “everyone knows everyone” kind of place and it was easy to converse about our faith inside the classroom. At the end of

A Story About Gentleness

By Paloma Torres

Here is a story that helped me understand the importance of gentleness. For most of this summer, my old dog, Scout, had been very sick. Eventually, she started getting even worse. I kept

Discovering Faithfulness One Rideshare at a Time

By Ekanem Okeke

Thinking of the experiences that I have had, somewhat surprisingly, one event that stood out to me revolved around an Uber ride that I took.

In my sophomore year, I played basketball on one of

Witnessing Generosity

By Charlie Foster

My experience started at the beginning of the quarantine. My school was shut down in the middle of March and I had so much free time on my hands I had no clue what to

The Importance of Kindness

By Alex Eikenberry

When I was 14 years old I spent my summer going into high school volunteering in a program called Summer in the City. It was an incredible experience that allowed me to hang out with

“The Book of Genesis”

 By Kei Millar

suppose there was
a book
of only
one word,
let

from whose
clipped sound
all things
begin:
fir and firmament,
feather,
the first whale —

and suppose

we could scroll
through
its pages
every day
to find
and pronounce
a
Let
meant only
for us

we would
stumble
through
the streets
with open books
eyes crossed
from too much
reading:

we would
speak in
auto-rhyme,
the world
would echo itself

and sill
w’ed continue
in

Being a Patient Presence

By Robert Gaines

In life, patience is a good trait to have. Unfortunately, some people have had a hard time being patient. I think we’ve all had a moment where someone we knew, or even loved, wasn’t patient

Grateful Living is Joyful Living

Gratitude, the Sixth Pillar of Joy

By the Rev. Chris Harris and Joe LaVela

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts adapted from The Book of Joy by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and The Dalai Lama, which has been

Love in Action

Compassion, the Seventh Pillar of Joy

By the Rev. Chris Harris and Sandy Ladd

This is the seventh in a series of blog posts are adapted from The Book of Joy by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and The Dalai Lama.  Join us for our