Some send their prayers in smoke and open air. In that case, all it takes is grass and sage. And so, I write a poem as a prayer. We set the sage to flame and with great care, To follow the traditions of great age. We send our prayers in smoke and open air.… Continue reading Sage
Cherishing the divine within all Being home in America is a change after my African journey, but my sense of adventure is as active as ever. Last weekend I traveled to Baltimore, MD with the Messiah College Agape Center. We served with Catholic Charities, an organization that provides services to people with disabilities, the elderly,… Continue reading Catholic Charities, Baltimore
In my five weeks here in Rwanda, I’ve had the opportunity to visit several churches in Kigali. Here is a brief summary of my experience of at each church: Charismatic Church The first church I went to was a small charismatic church on the outskirts of Kigali. It was by far the most traditionally African… Continue reading Worship in Africa
Move over, Netflix original series. “The Path,” an original Hulu series, confronts controversial topics from cult practices to immigration through a delightful fusion of mystery and drama with hints of the supernatural. The show focuses on a fictitious system of beliefs known as Meyerism. Based loosely on Scientology, the Meyerist Spiritual Movement follows the teachings… Continue reading Exposing the Meyerist Cult
Are you an organized person? Maybe you like to separate your jeans from your shorts, and even keep them in different drawers. While that certainly makes it easier to find your favorite outfit in the morning, what happens when you come home from shopping with a brand new pair of jean shorts? Where do they… Continue reading The Neighbors We Aren’t Serving
I attend Messiah College, a non-denominational Christian school. “Non-denominational” means “open or acceptable to people of any Christian denomination.” However, most non-denominational churches adhere to Protestant tenants, as do many of my peers. Due to my Episcopal roots, I struggled to spiritually plant myself at Messiah. The first time I attended Powerhouse, the student-run worship… Continue reading Called to Unity
In high school, I asked my youth group leader a question that has plagued humanity for centuries: “Who gets to go to Heaven?” He pointed me to John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”… Continue reading Who Goes Home?
“Stories, hymns, histories, parables, and visions become as important as commandments and ethical teachings in molding the faith perspective through which we view our broken world and seek to mediate God’s healing.” —Bruce C. Birch Stories, whether through written or oral tales or through song, play a significant role in Christianity. God’s flawless story is… Continue reading Narrative in Christianity