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where is the light for burma?

Remember 2007?  Buddhist monks peacefully protested in the streets of Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar).  As they walked or stood, in robes of crimson and saffron, they were arrested, beaten, shot, killed, silenced.  The international community was outraged, celebrities were contacted, and suddenly we were all sporting t-shirts and bracelets.  Protests took place here in the US, … Continue reading

Solidarity with Suffering

Isaiah 50:4-9a To those who suffer, what words of comfort dare we offer? Do we know the “word that sustains the weary,” (v. 4)?  In the late 1990’s, besieged by circumstances unaccountably complex, my parents were faced with an impossible choice: choose which child you will keep.  Working class salaries, especially when work became harder … Continue reading

The Church & The World

One of my areas of oversight here at Quest has been the Global Presence ministry.  As we have sought to form partnerships, care well for our missions folks, and discern how to involve our little church in the world, a theology of Global Presence has emerged.  As I continue to share, educate, and invite collaboration … Continue reading

great food. better lives.

This afternoon I took another ride on Metro Transit to meet a fellow woman in ministry downtown to catch up on life, doing ministry in Seattle, and what we’re looking for in the future.  While downtown is the midpoint for us to meet, it also provided us with a chance to dine at FareStart, an … Continue reading

call and … response?

Invite friends out for a movie night, and chances are you’ll get a good turnout.  People like movies, sitting back and being entertained, and the chance to hang out with a few friends.  For those enterprising single folks out there, its also a nice way to get to know someone new, or for the risk-takers, … Continue reading

pouring one out for romero

A church that suffers no persecution but enjoys the privileges and support of the things of the earth—beware!—is not the true church of Jesus Christ. Archbishop Oscar Romero, March 11,1979 Today is the anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero.  I’ll confess that before I went to Catholic School, I had no idea who … Continue reading

raging against the machine

“I can’t stand your religious meetings. I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions. I want nothing to do with your religion projects, your pretentious slogans and goals. I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes, your public relations and image making. I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music. When was the last time … Continue reading

how a goat can change a life

In the face of global poverty, famine, catastrophe, and war, it’s easy to think one person or one church can’t make a difference.  Reading this story today reminded me that we can. This year’s college graduates owe their success to many factors, from hectoring parents to cherished remedies for hangovers. But one of the most … Continue reading

Good News in the World

I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I can think too much. I think about inequality in the world, sickness and disease, poverty, work related technicalities, whether or not the sanctuary is ready for Sunday…all kinds of stuff. I get worried. I forget that I need to lighten up every once in awhile. Today, I … Continue reading

lament

Sometimes I wonder about lament. The Bible contains a book of Lamentations, a significant portion of the Psalms are expressing lament, and yet I run into so many Christians who struggle with the notion that as “good” Christians we must be happy. If one happens to chance upon a Christian Bookstore, the overwhelming theme is … Continue reading

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