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Why you should ditch the “kids’ table” this Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in empty nest, holidays, hospitality, Keri's Soul, simplicity, spiritual formation, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Why you should ditch the “kids’ table” this Thanksgiving

Tweet In your dim memories of Thanksgivings past, you may remember it: the card table in the kitchen or the family room, possibly set with plastic cups, and a paper tablecloth, where you sat with your cousins and threw Brussels sprouts at one another. The dreaded kids’ table. If you want to build Thanksgiving memories and strengthen family bonds, the kids’ table is a bad idea. A multi-generational table makes Thanksgiving memorable, and meaningful. It’s simpler than you might think, and worth the effort. Thanksgiving (and every meal) is...

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Now, more than ever, we must show the world what Jesus followers really are

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in character, faith, Keri's Soul, social justice, spiritual formation, women, women in the church | 12 comments

Tweet Two days ago, America elected a racist, misogynist, Islamophobic, homophobic bully who brags about assaulting women. According to shocked analysts, eighty-one percent of evangelical voters supported him. The word evangelical has lost its meaning. It means good news. But this is not good news for women, people of color, LGBT people, Muslims or even, I think, America. It’s not good news even for the misguided people who voted for him, although it will take a while for them to see that. More than half of “white women ages 45-64” and “white...

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Trail running in the dark

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in faith, fitness, Keri's Soul, new books, running, spiritual formation | 1 comment

Trail running in the dark

Tweet I park across the road from the entrance to the forest preserve. A few moments later, I am crossing the road with two of my friends to walk past the gate, which is still closed because it is not yet sunrise. Headlamps on, we start running on the trail through the dark woods, skirting puddles and stepping over roots and rocks. The lights allow us to see only about five to ten feet in front of us. In other words, the next two strides. I usually prefer to run when I can see the trail and the woods around me. But my running buddies have to...

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Is hospitality a spiritual gift?

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in hospitality, social justice, spiritual formation, theology | 7 comments

Is hospitality a spiritual gift?

Tweet Hey friends! It’s been a while, right? Wanted to let you know I’m working on a new book, titled GodSpace: Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God. The good people at FaithWords publishers are publishing it. It’s about seven spiritual practices that slow us down and draw us close to God. Some, you’d expect from me: Sabbath, of course, and Simplicity. Some are a bit different, like Generosity and Critical Thinking (more on this to come in the next few posts). One of my favorite chapters so far is...

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Ever feel like a “single mom”?

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in parenting, running, women | 0 comments

Ever feel like a “single mom”?

Tweet When my children were small, and my husband worked crazy hours, I would often complain that I felt like a single mom. I had no idea, really. Sure, it was hard schlepping the kids around by myself, or having dinner and bedtime routines without help when he worked late. But look—I had a financial partner, lover and friend. He was probably around a lot more than I remember. When he was missing, it was often because he was making money to help support our family. My kids had a daddy who loved them, worked to provide for them, and would...

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Letting courage drive the bus: saying yes to the great adventure of vocation

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in freelance writing, Keri's Soul, Listen, pace of life, simplify, spiritual formation | 6 comments

Tweet “Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.” –Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak   In the fourth quarter of last year, I set aside most of my writing work, and helped my husband run his business, which involves property management and real estate. I had some experience in the area of property management, and...

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What are you passionate about?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in bible literacy, Christian feminism, pace of life, sabbath, simplify, social justice, spiritual formation, women | 7 comments

What are you passionate about?

Tweet What are you passionate about? Have you ever had a conversation, been asked a question, and later, after the conversation was over, thought, “I should have said…I should have asked…” This happens to me. All. The. Time. It happened again yesterday. I had a wonderful time meeting with some of the team at BVK, a marketing firm where I’m going to doing a few projects. So I was focused on showing them my portfolio, describing my work. We’d been talking about my various collaborative projects, in which I help other people communicate their...

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The Power of Story

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in freelance writing, Keri's Soul, social justice, spiritual formation | 4 comments

The Power of Story

Tweet 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 cared enough to get involved in their local schools, city councils or park boards. I learned the craft of interviewing, of finding the story behind the story. As I went on to write for magazines, and later websites, my strongest articles told stories–glimpses of real life, real struggles, real victories....

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Imago Dei and pronouns

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in bible literacy, fitness, Keri's Soul, spiritual formation, theology, Uncategorized | 3 comments

Imago Dei and pronouns

Tweet The Imago Dei is a mystery. How is it that we, made of dust, bear the image of God, the imprint of the divine? A mystery we can embrace but not fully explain, theologians have debated its meaning for centuries. I believe our image-ness, so to speak, has more to do with what God is like, and less to do with our distinction from animals, plants and the rest of creation, which cries and out and declares God, contains to overflowing God’s glory, directs us to worship. So if are made in the image of God, what does that look like? What is it...

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Darkness that lets us see the light

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in blog, faith, spiritual formation | 1 comment

Darkness that lets us see the light

Tweet Part of me did not want to go to church. Another part of me longed for it, in a shaky, hungry sort of way. The hunger won out. At The Practice, the gathering we attend on Sunday evenings, the topic was lament. Not exactly a breezy topic, but it is Lent after all. Lament is a practice that leads us back to God, but allows us to clear the air first. It invites us to lodge a complaint, loud and specific and raw. Lament says bring your whole self to the table, but then, stay and be fed. It is the darkness into which light can shine. In a...

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