What to Celebrate and Lament

A Community and Its Ending | What to Celebrate and Lament this Week

It was the description that first captured my attention on Off the Page’s site. A space that publishes articles for “those on the margins of faith.” And hasn’t it been? Surely it has, at least for this frequenter of the…

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Vulnerability and Breakthrough | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Like I had no bones is what I feel like when I think about sending my memoir out into the world in the coming months—like I had no bones and am utterly exposed. This week, in the days following an…

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The Church and the Reckoning | What to Celebrate and Lament this Week

It has been called a “reckoning,” this long-overdue flood of stories from victims (mostly female) of sexual assault and misconduct pouring in through a variety of different platforms over the last year. In courtrooms, on Twitter, among family members, and…

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Healing Spaces and Bills | What to Celebrate and Lament this Week

CELEBRATE: Healing Spaces   The flower arrangement at the table’s middle overflowed out of the top of a mended pot. Like all of the other centerpieces at the fundraising event, this one sat next to a card which explained the Japanese…

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Teenagers and Social Media | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

CELEBRATE: Teenagers   I had barely turned eighteen when I received my acceptance letter to join a summer ministry team in one of the more questionable areas of Washington, D.C. We spent our first week in Pennsylvania training with hundreds…

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Needed Songs & Forgotten Parables | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Needed Songs   “We were pressed on every side,” is how the song starts.   “Full of fear and troubled thoughts. For good reason, we carried heavy hearts.” Sara Groves, in the folky timbre of her voice, has been…

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Community Art and The Flu | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Community Art   “What is the grey-blue thing in the middle?” a teen who’s arrived for the neighborhood Mardi Gras parade asks.   “It’s our road!,” I say, with one hand pointing to the ribbon of grey-blue in question…

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Depression: What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

I don’t know what you would call what I’ve experienced these last two years.   I don’t know what you would call it. I’ve called it depression. It was the term that felt right—that locked in—some twenty-four months ago, though…

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A Good Neighbor and The Most Vulnerable | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: A Good Neighbor   Mister Rogers is back in the news, but—thankfully!—not for the same reasons many male celebrities are suddenly stealing headlines. This week a new documentary about the legacy of Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,…

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MLK Jr and Numbness | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: The Tension of MLK, Jr.   Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day when many of us are drawn to revisit King’s writings and speeches and to reflect on his legacy of activism and ministry. As many…

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