For some, the turning over of the calendar is an opportunity to embrace a transition to something new, while for others, major life changes don’t follow the calendar year quite so neatly. This issue features stories of newness: new places, new people, new jobs, new limitations, new identities and more.
Unto us a child is born, but this is no ordinary child. This child grows older and, for better or worse, turns the whole world upside down -- for some, anyway. For others, he’s a non-event. For others, well, it’s complicated. Exploring what the person of Jesus Christ means to different people.
With the sparkle of holiday lights come constant appeals to our consumer instincts, from both for-profit and non-profit institutions alike. Each one is telling a story and want us to be a part of it. What’s good about branding? Where has it gone wrong?
One of the symptoms of overconsumption in North America is the inability to feast well; we cannot feast because we do not fast, and the phenomenon covers everything we consume, from food to media. What does an appropriate rhythm of feasting and fasting look like?
“Life is all about...” We can complete that sentence many ways. Some would say it’s all about learning how to die -- how to let go of ourselves, how to trust what happens next, how to live a life we feel okay leaving behind. How have you come to understand your legacy?
Throughout human history, we’ve expressed our ideas about truth with images that carry vastly different meanings. Think: hanging it on a flagpole or panning for gold or trying to catch a moonbeam in your hand. Do you meet the word with a swell of confidence or a shudder of unease? Or maybe both?
Loving marginalized people is a nice theoretical idea from the comfort of our homes where we can decide whom to let in and whom to keep out. But what about working it out in messy, real-time relationships? What about when we make ourselves vulnerable...and suddenly find others depending on us?