War’s failures repeat

December 26, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank

Whether threats of war are more urgent, or if there is a time of reprieve and further diplomatic efforts, our call is to bind the wounds of war and to speak out about the idolatry of violent force.

2013 Matthew’s Media Matters Mix Tape

December 26, 2013 Third Way

Last year for my last my final review of 2012, I made a playlist of some of the top 12 songs that I would remember down the road as significant songs during a transitional time in my life. I don’t know if I was trying to wax poetic or what. I can try to be as poignant as I want, but at the end of the day, I know the truth: I like lists. I like making mix tapes. I also like traditions.So, in the spirit of those three things, I present the 2013 Media Matters mix tape, featuring a […]

Does God want fasting?

October 24, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank

According to Isaiah, a fast honoring God’s will is one that seeks to end oppression, one in which we are attentive to what we have and how we share it.

Healthy living for the here-and-now

September 26, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank

Going grocery shopping when I was a child, my parents avoided checkout-line conflict by allowing me to choose one candy bar as a treat. I’ve continued the tradition as an adult, permitting myself one special item in addition to our household list. It may have been the time I chose carrot-kale-spinach juice as my treat, or maybe it was when I picked probiotic tea with nutrient-packed chia seeds, that I realized I’ve become a bit of a health nut. Yet it is possible to care for our health without going overboard. We can stay away from fad diets and try […]

Combating gun violence, first with lament

August 23, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank

“This violence needs to stop,” she said. “I don’t even know what to say. This is sad.”

HIV still a threat

June 28, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank

Waiting for the results of the HIV test offered by a local nonprofit, I prayed for those who have the virus. I imagined how I might feel if I were among them.

Knowing When You’ve Done Enough

May 3, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank

Cultivating a sense of enough may help us to see life as an interconnected whole rather than a hodgepodge of bits and pieces to swap in or out if given the chance.

First, a time to wait

March 23, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank

Advent is a gift. It allows us to see the world as it is and glimpse what God wants it to be.

Ready for Vocation of Parenthood

February 28, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank

The uneasy part is when the question pops up, as it often does, of whether I am thinking of having children.

Top Songs of 2012

January 25, 2013 Third Way

The year 2012 will go down in history for me as a transition year. I turned 40 and gave up my good gig as a part-time stay-at-home dad in exchange for a more-than-full-time job in middle management.I’m noticing right now that I have a mix of pick-me-up songs and downers, which can describe any year!