The Power of Story

By |2018-03-02T16:29:57-06:00March 18th, 2016|

My work has always been about telling stories. As a newspaper reporter fresh out of college, I gathered and wrote the stories of people and organizations in the Chicago suburbs: politicians, businesspeople, ordinary citizens who [...]

Do not be afraid…

By |2018-03-02T16:30:53-06:00December 18th, 2015|

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid.” ---Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith   In the Bible, the command repeated most frequently is “Fear not.” [...]

Fragile foster kids find a home

By |2018-03-02T16:30:58-06:00December 1st, 2015|

Where do the kids who no one wants go? How do foster kids who are "difficult to place" because of their medical challenges find a home? Sometimes, the story of a family captures your imagination [...]

Wise as serpents, harmless as doves?

By |2015-11-20T09:16:36-06:00November 20th, 2015|

Among the panicked Scripture quotes I’m seeing this week in response to the escalating refugee crisis, I’m noticing a lot of this one lately: “be wise as serpents, gentle as doves.” They apply this by [...]

How you can help a single mom

By |2018-03-02T16:33:11-06:00May 14th, 2015|

Single moms have a far greater risk of financial crisis, including homelessness, than the average person. Single moms fleeing a violent or threatening partner, even more so. You may think--that's too bad, but there's nothing [...]

Turning our faith into hope

By |2018-03-02T16:34:14-06:00April 22nd, 2015|

Last Sunday, walking into church, I noticed a couple of temporary pens in the front yard, where goats and sheep, bunnies and chickens, and more than a few children, milled about. Huh, I thought. That’s [...]

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