What to Celebrate and Lament

Storytelling and #metoo | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

As I type this, I am midway through a workshop in Massachusetts on writing for social change. In our small group of pastors and clergy (of which I am one of the only participants without a Master’s of Divinity), we…

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Voting and Shootings | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: The Right to Vote   On Tuesday, my two-year-old son was home from preschool sick with a cough and cold. After a few cartoons and reading to him until my voice was raw, I knew we needed to get…

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Halloween and Racism for Beginners | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Halloween!   On Halloween, my husband and I were in a fight. He was in a bad mood after a discouraging day of teaching; I was tired and grumpy from spending the day working and running errands with two…

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Free Art and Paul Wellstone | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Free Art This weekend I had a conversation with an acquaintance who lives 40 miles outside of the Twin Cities in a beautiful small town along the Saint Croix River, and she said something that surprised me.   “You…

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#celebratefamily and Lowered Refugee Admissions | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Family   Imagine adopting a child from Uganda and later learning the same child had been stolen from her birth mother. That’s what happened to an Ohio couple who welcomed a young girl named Namata into their home, only…

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Genius and Sexual Assault: What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Genius On Wednesday, the MacArthur Foundation announced its selection of the 2017 “genius” grant recipients — a group of 24 extraordinary individuals who use their creativity to benefit society. As I scrolled through the list of awardees, who range…

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October and Las Vegas: What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: October Anne Shirley, heroine from Anne of Green Gables, famously said: “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? Look at…

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Colds and Lead: What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

It seems counterintuitive to celebrate illness, but let me explain.   A few weeks into the start of the school year and it finally hit: our first family cold. My son is coughing and complaining of a sore ear, my…

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Libraries & Parks, Hurricanes & Earthquakes: What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebration: Libraries & Parks   Someone posted online recently about how, if the idea of public libraries and public parks were first introduced today, people would laugh at the ridiculous left-wing nuttiness of it all. (That bill would surely not…

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Adoption and Redlining: What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebration: Adoption   This week, I am celebrating writing that challenges me to see the Gospel in new, fresh ways. A few days ago I finished reading Adopted: A Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World by Kelley Nikondeha. I…

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