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Following a Mystical Jesus

A Conversation with Byron McMillan What compels a decorated combat veteran and former missions pastor to study mysticism at a center founded by Fr. Richard Rohr? Byron McMillan’s story is one of spiritual transformation and realignment, moving from his role as pastor at an evangelical megachurch in Raleigh, North Carolina to studying at the Center […]

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The Alchemy of Fry Bread

Peace as Seeing the Deliberately Dismissed “There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” (Arundhati Roy) My newest article is up at Bookology Magazine. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE, including resources for teaching the book to kids. I am lucky to say I married a bread baker. […]

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12 Tiny Things on Cafeteria Christian, Two on One and Bearings

Cafeteria Christian #107 12 Tiny Things, with guest Ellie Roscher Emmy and Natalia kick off the New Year with guest Ellie Roscher, who has come to challenge the Cafeteria Christian community to think smaller, tiny, in fact.  LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE OR WHEREVER YOU GET YOUR PODCASTS Emmy and Natalia are two women and […]

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Consider the Birds

A Conversation on Community Organizing with Nicholas Tangen Community organizing is often hard and contentious work. How can people stay committed when the world becomes overwhelming? In this episode, writer and congregational organizer Nicholas Tangen describes how observing the natural world is connected to his work for justice within the ELCA church. Nicholas has relied on […]

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At Least We Have Books

More than a handful of times over 2020 I said to myself, “At least we have books.” Here are some of the books I read this year that stand out as the gems. A good book is such a gift to the soul. The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction edited by […]

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A Beautiful Collaboration: Lily Banning + 12 Tiny Things

At 12 Tiny Things, community and collaboration are cornerstones. We approached one of our favorite artists, Lily Banning, about working together. Lily took her paintings and broke them up into tiles to symbolize how we build a foundation of tiny things that become a beautiful whole. I meditated over the tiles and matched the images […]

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Book Launch: 12 Tiny Things

12 Tiny Things Book Launch

Virtual Book Launch with Ellie Roscher & Heidi Barr Tuesday January 05 | 7:00PM – 8:00PM CST It feels a bit odd launching a book during a pandemic. Many folks got their pre-ordered books already. Yet it is still important, now more than ever, to gather safely online, mark time, and celebrate. Please join Heidi […]

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Writing in Luminous Darkness

A Conversation with Pastor Wesley Morris Being a good pastor and writer means bringing one’s whole self to the page, to the sanctuary, and to the community. For Wesley Morris, it also means embracing a “luminous darkness” – a phrase coined by mystic Howard Thurman – as a place of transformation. In this conversation, Wesley describes his […]

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Yoga & Reflection: New Year’s Edition

Sunday, January 3, 1:00pm – 3:00pm CSTWhere: livestream Register HERE As we begin a new year, let’s move our bodies and set loving and beautiful intentions for 2021. Ellie’s newest book, 12 Tiny Things, is about finding rootedness for life on the go through daily practice. It’s about taking one tiny step toward our core […]

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Eco-Peace: Reimagining the Possibility

Caren Stelson and my newest Peace-ology article is up at Bookology Magazine. Read the full article HERE. Part of our work as peacemakers is to properly situate ourselves in a web of life. We are creatures in a vast, brilliant and complex ecosystem called not to dominate, but to live with in harmonious relationship. Children […]

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