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  • Squandered Divinity

    The song starts, “Is this how I die?” It's sung by Josh Groban in a Broadway musical I know absolutely nothing about. The combination of all these things was enough to make me immediately check out for the next 5 or so minutes when I heard it recently at a piano bar for...
    By DeReau K. Farrar | 10/11/2017
  • Between Wonder and Fear

    A few years ago, when we’d been married only a short time, my husband asked me what I wanted to do on our trip to Sedona, Arizona. I thought a minute and then asked, “Could we go on a hot air balloon ride?” He made the arrangements. Once in Sedona, we got up at 5:00 a.m., saw...
    By Elizabeth Harding | 9/27/2017
  • Multicultural Joy

    My second daughter got married in April. I had never been in such a place filled with Asian Americans. My husband and I are from Japan, and the groom’s parents are from Taiwan. Most family members and their partners looked East Asian, and so did most of the couple’s friends....
    By Yuri Yamamoto | 9/20/2017
  • "Change" Is a Word on Wheels

    Every Sunday morning, the church choir and I spend time in reflection and silence before we begin the first worship service. I often offer my thoughts on the day's theme or the state of the world, providing context to the message we bring. On a recent Sunday, I said to the...
    By DeReau K. Farrar | 9/12/2017
  • Faith in Small Actions

    When I first learned about the Chaos Theory during the summer before my 8th Grade Year, I never expected it to have such a profound impact on my spirituality. Meteorologist Edward Lorenz first “discovered” the Chaos Theory when he realized that one small, infinitesimally...
    By Tim Atkins | 9/5/2017

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