War & Peace

Caren Stelson and I focused on war and peace in our May Peace-ology article. Read the full article HERE. Caren wrote a book that was a beautiful tribute to a Nagasaki bomb survivor named Sachiko. She has adapted it into a stunning and heartbreaking picture book called A Bowl Full of Peace. I recommend both […]

Episode 3: From Interfaith Dialogue to Multi-Religious Action

What work must we do before we can ask forgiveness? How do we live reconciliation? In Episode 3 of Unlikely Conversations, Rabbi Barry D. Cytron and Dr. Marty Stortz speak beautifully about the afterlife and this holy life and the history of the work shifting from inter to multi, from dialogue to action. They speak […]

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An Ode to Body and Breath

Over the last five months I have been going through yoga teacher training at my beloved studio. It has been a deep, rich experience. My whole life I have prided myself on being an embodied person. My fascination with and appreciation of the body expanded as an athlete, a pre-med student, a mother, and now […]

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Episode Two: Love is a Verb

A Muslim-Catholic Conversation on Social Justice I could have sat and listened to our two guests talk to each other all day. You are going to hear this from me a lot over the course of this podcast, but it’s true. Tamim and Joe are wise, passionate and charismatic. They know their respective holy books […]

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Name Your Cows: Pandemic Edition

I love naming my cows. It has become an important check-in for me to do every once in awhile. About a week ago, I knew it was time. During this stay at home season, I caught myself projecting my happiness out into the future instead of claiming it in this moment. “I will be happy […]

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Empathy & Compassion in Peacemaking

One of the activities I do with young people is called speed dating. It’s an empathy building exercise because, I have found, we actually have to practice talking to each other and really listening. I ask the kids to form two circles facing each other. Each pair gets a healthy chunk of time to address […]

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Episode 1 of Unlikely Conversations

In our first episode of Unlikely Conversations, you can listen a Hindu-Christian dialog about faith formation in the next generation. In these days when young people are leaving organized religion in droves, how do our faith communities form, educate, and empower youth? And how can we build healthy, multi-religious relationships when, let’s face it, they can be hard and uncomfortable? Witness an unlikely […]

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Yoga & Writing: 2 online offerings

We are living in an unprecedented season. I for one have had to lower my expectations and use all of the tools at my disposal. Yoga and writing are two of my favorite tools to lower anxiety and work toxicity out of my body and onto the paper where I can contend with it. Emma […]

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Unlikely Conversations Podcast!

LISTEN TO THE TRAILER HERE! I grew up Catholic in a fairly Irish neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. My childhood years were full of renegade nuns teaching me to seek Jesus on the margins and study scripture in diverse communities. My parents held their breath as I headed to a Lutheran college. There, a Jewish […]

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Peace Through Picture Books

My friend Caren Stelson and I started writing a monthly column in Bookology Magazine called Peace-ology. We are exploring how we can encourage peacemaking through picture books, curious questions and intentional action steps. Below are excerpts our first few articles: January: Reading Books Through the Lens of Peace Ellie: I read to my three- and […]

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