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Knowing When You’ve Done Enough

May 3, 2013 Celeste Kennel-Shank Living Simply

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 Living Simply

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 Living Simply

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 Media Matters

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!

Top 10 films of 2012

January 16, 2013 Third Way Media Matters

Here are the films making it to the top of Third Way Cafe’s annual “Top 10 Films of the Year” list. We don’t give away Oscars or have red carpets, (and these are not films our reviewers are nominating for Oscars or Globes) but films worthy of mention which either uphold Mennonite/Anabaptist approaches to looking at the world, or, at least tell a whopping good story or make an inspiring and excellent film. For our website fans, our reviewers also have created a great list (28 in all) with succinct descriptions around which you can make your Netflix or other queues, or plan a quarter of great […]

Finding Digital Balance

December 27, 2012 Celeste Kennel-Shank Living Simply

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 Living Simply

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 Living Simply

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 […]