CATEGORY: Contemporary Culture

Ministry at the Meeting of Trauma and God

At that hospital, my place in ministry is to show up at some of the very worst and most poignant events of a person’s life. It is in these moments of crisis and suffering that my call finds its roots.

Pastorpreneur: The Business of Serving God’s People

For someone who spent a lot of time reminding parishioners that they could live out their callings as doctors, teachers, and businesspeople, I sure was having a hard time acknowledging that it wasn’t a bad thing that I was now an entrepreneur running a successful business. Why did I feel the need to avoid words like “products” when that is exactly what we sell?

Serving Our Creative God in Creative Ministry and Ecofeminist Theology

Between my middle school self and my post-college self, I fell in love with creation. I realized I was better at listening to God when I was hiking in the prairie than anywhere else. My white, able-bodied, educated, middle class self learned to unpack categories of difference and systematic oppression on the streets and in a shelter of Chicago.

Bearing Christian Witness in an Interfaith World

I believe my work at Interfaith Youth Core is about wrestling with those key questions, and has become even more salient in our perilous political and social moment. It is about learning to bear Christian witness in the diaspora of public life, where we must be honestly ourselves and decisively for our neighbor.

Confessions of a Free-Range Pastor

Two years ago this month, I left the solo position at the lovely small church, and struck out on my own as a writer, speaker, and conference leader. As I pause and take stock of that decision, I think about what has been gained and lost in terms of my pastoral identity.

More Than Valid: A Ministry of Word and Story

What does my ministry offer to the church? I give to you, the church, the ministries of speaking out, getting stuff done so the church has an event to attend/resources to access/a service for worship, making connections between people and communities, all in the body of a queer Asian American woman.

Finding My Call on Campus, Finding My Faith in Interfaith

My job itself operates into two spheres – on the one hand, I am the campus minister for our Protestant Christian students. On the other hand, I am also chaplain to all religious and spiritual communities beyond the Christian umbrella. I am the chaplain for Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, those who identify as spiritual but not religious, and so on.