vol. 9, num. 24 :: 2010.12.31 — 2011.01.13
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.
Learning to be at peace in all circumstances from a matriarch's example.
On learning how to be present in each moment of every year of life.
On learning to take a break without fear.
An account of a mysterious disappearance from a member of Herod's army.
An unexpected lesson in learning to pray through the fear of loss.
On making space for transition in our New Year's resolutions.
For better and for worse, some things never change.
A reflection on the one-year anniversary of a major injury.
A move to Pennsylvania from Michigan inspires a meaningful mix CD.
Ten things I have unsuccessfully willed myself to do (or not do).
On discovering that perfectly imperfect someone.
Stories of people forced to let go of their firmly held beliefs.
Samantha Curley on Yael Naim’s music video about self-discovery.
Aiden Enns on the origins and inefficient ambitions of Geez Magazine.
Announcing a 2011 commitment to create a poem an issue.
So do you want to make culture? Find a community, a small group who can lovingly fuel your dreams and puncture your illusions. Find friends and form a family who are willing to see grace at work in one another’s lives, who can discern together which gifts and which crosses each has been called to bear. Find people who have a holy respect for power and a holy willingness to spend their power alongside the powerless. Find some partners in the wild and wonderful world beyond church doors. And then, together, make something of the world.
Note: We’re taking our usual August publishing break so we can rest a bit from the daily pressure of finding an interesting quote to publish for the daily asterisk. We’ll be back on Tuesday, September 1, sending out new quotes every weekday! Thank you, as always, for your support.
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