When people ask me where I’m from, I have a hard time answering that question. It’s more of a paragraph than the single name of a place. I often lead off with “I’m from North Idaho.” Our long skinny valley had the Rockies on either side of it. Our house sat on a rim above
Dust on the Prairie Last week, even though I was standing on an elevated train platform, I felt the most connected to the land in a way I haven’t for a while. The sky was painted in watercolor hues of orange, pink, and yellow with purple clouds adding a tinge of mist. This reminded me
The best job that I ever held was at the St. Louis Science Center as a “gallery assistant” in the Fossil Lab. I had a table full of fossils, and miniature dinosaur figures and invited visitors young and old to come to my table to touch, and play, and asked them questions. Why do you
On my left thigh I have a tattoo of a California redwood tree. I got it a few years ago as a commemoration for a bicycling trip I did from Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles California. I’m sure a lot of you have heard me talk about this trip — I talk about it a
This October, we invite you to share the joy of celebrating all the animals in your life from kittens to hedgehogs to fish to cheeky squirrels steal birdseed. Let’s see how many pictures we can get tagged on social media with: #petblessing #stfrancis #seasonofcreation +++ We also invite you to take time to bless the
This year, Season of Creation focuses on the Spirit who breathes life into creation, suffers with creation, and renews all creation.
In Jamaica there’s a saying that goes “We likkle but we Tallewah!” meaning we might be small, but we are mighty. That’s how I felt about the day of service on this past Sunday. Though a small group, we were strong in our presence in the community and did something big! We picked up
“As someone who lives on the intersections of a trans/queer identity and mental illness, the experience of Jacob – wrestling and holding on and being changed in the process – this narrative feels viscerally familiar to me….”
What St. Luke’s meant to me My name is Jessica Palys. I am an ordained UCC minister and solo pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hastings, Nebraska. I served St. Luke’s during the 2012-2013 school year as a student at Chicago Theological Seminary – part of an intern team of four!
If you’ve ever told a public story, you’ve probably discovered that between the story you want to tell and the story you end up telling there is an important step: workshopping the story. Workshopping is the process of getting what’s in your head or your heart out into the open so you can find out