Living Simply Archive

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.

Finding Digital Balance

December 27, 2012 Celeste Kennel-Shank

How can we use digital technology without it becoming an obstacle in our relationships with God and with each other?

Culture of Violence

November 29, 2012 Celeste Kennel-Shank

When a loved one dies, we feel the loss both in the shock after we hear the news and in the months and years as the absence continues. In Chicago, more than 300 families this year have borne the pain of having someone taken away from them by homicide. Leaders debate the cause of the high number of murders. Local and national news articles compare our city’s homicide rate to that of New York or Los Angeles, or the total deaths since 2001 to the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghan­istan. Chicago’s figures are worse in all three cases. […]

Call for a Jubilee at Walmart

October 26, 2012 Third Way

Walmart marks the 50th anniversary of its first store opening in Arkansas this month. In the midst of its celebrations, advocates for the retail giant’s employees are calling for a Jubilee. In the world of ancient Israel, five-decade cycles of Sabbaths culminated with the Jubilee year. Just as the seventh day was Sabbath, in the seventh year people rested from cultivating crops, granted remission of debts and set slaves free, as detailed in Leviticus 25 and Deuteronomy 15. After seven Sabbath years, horns accompanied proclamations of a time of restoring right relationships and recognizing God as the source of all […]