All of our stories arranged by publication date
July 2, 2020
Mourning Practices in a Time of Pandemic
By Jingwen Zhang

Mourning practices are generations-old traditions of solidarity, honoring other family members, carrying out closely-held duties, and caring for our own spiritual wellness. If our instinct is to reject the practices so important to our neighbors, we will leave unaddressed pain to fester, decomposing our interdependence and trust.

June 25, 2020
Living in Uncertain Times
By Jay Kim

This novel coronavirus and the continuing acts of racism don’t mark the first time nor the last time that our facade of flourishing will be disrupted by the reality of creation’s disintegration.

June 18, 2020
Quarantine as Disability Solidarity
An Invitation into Virtualized (In)accessible Living
By tan ning-sang

While I hope for the pandemic to end and for less lives to be put in danger, I also hope that the experience of quarantine, which has forcibly and suddenly shrunken our individual and collective freedoms and capacities, can be an opportunity for able-bodied folks to think about how this is, has always been, and will always be the “normal” that people with disabilities must live with.

June 11, 2020
How Chaplains Offer Spiritual Care on the Front Lines of the Pandemic
By Joyce Chu

COVID-19 patients are dying alone. They may die before their family members have had a chance to phone in or visit them. Families are no longer permitted to stay inside the room to watch over them or stay overnight with them, being physically present as they transition out of this life.

June 6, 2020
Asians in Black riots
Join the Black movement
By Wong Tian An

The time is now. We cannot be caught sitting on the sidelines. Solidarity statements, while symbolically valuable, ultimately miss the point. The Black struggle is our struggle. Everything we have collectively learned about race and capitalism tells us our struggles are inextricably connected.

June 4, 2020
蒙上眼睛,就以爲看不見 Repress your eyes, so you thought you couldn’t see it
My Aunties and Uncles Taught Me to Feel The World
By Justin Tse

The point of a public health crisis is that, like the wound of history, we are forced to pay attention to our bodies and what they feel. Doing so may save our lives as well as those around us.

May 28, 2020
Practicing Daily Resurrection During the End of the World
By Kristine Chong

I am reminded that a world anew, already in motion, is not a one-time transformation, but rather, enacted by living into an ethics that ... is part of an ongoing struggle for liberation, healing, and right relationship across ecosystems and injustices.

May 26, 2020
God Told Me Your Aunt Will Get Better
By Wendy Hu-Au

What tempts Christians to offer platitudes or unfounded reassurances? It is the same temptation that the loud, white, male pastors we see in the media are currently succumbing to during the coronavirus pandemic. It is the temptation to avoid the reality of suffering. And it stems from a gross misunderstanding of what faith in Jesus actually means.

May 21, 2020
Minor Feelings and Racial Melancholia
Understanding Anti-Asian Racism Beyond COVID-19
By Bianca Mabute-Louie

While the media reports on and profits from interpersonal racist incidents that result from exogenous shocks, minor feelings and racial melancholia encompass the daily, interminable despondence of racism.

May 14, 2020
Faith and Mental Health — Hopes for Something New
By Jean Neely

During this global pandemic, we’ve all had to bear overwhelming stress and devastating losses while also being cut off from the people, activities, and places that bring us joy and help us cope with distress in the day to day.

May 7, 2020
On Earth as in Heaven
By Lauren Chan

These days, I say The Lord’s Prayer with more urgency and more confusion than before. “On earth as it is in heaven” feels unimaginable, a single-minded plea in a maelstrom of distress.

May 7, 2020
The Overdue Dismantling of Church
By Kevin Wright

As the job losses mounted, the number of tithes and offerings coming in each week dropped precipitously. Church budgets bled red ink and congregations began laying off staff and selling property in order to keep the lights on. But that was back in 2008 during the Great Recession.

May 7, 2020
We Need to Act Now to Save the Postal Service
My family thrives because of the postal service, and our nation’s democracy does too.
By Jude Paul Matias Dizon

I fear for my mother’s health every day that she goes to work. U.S. Postal Service workers like my mom and her 600,000 plus colleagues are in need of protection on the job, now more than ever. Despite precautions, almost 900 postal employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and 44 have died during the pandemic.

April 21, 2020
"Analog Church" in the COVID-19 Age: A Book Review
By Sara Lawson

About three weeks ago, churches across America began to close their doors. In an unprecedented act, many pastors took the courageous stance to support national and local healthcare guidelines that encouraged physical social distancing, as the novel coronavirus began to spread widely across the United States.

April 9, 2020
Christ of the Coronavirus
A Meditation on Isaiah 53 for Good Friday
By Bo H. Lim

I live a 15 minute drive from Life Care Center in Kirkland, WA, a nursing home where 81 of its 120 residents tested positive for COVID-19 and 35 people died.

March 25, 2020
More Than Saying Sorry
By Daniel Chou

I grew up learning that forgiveness was what you should offer someone when they said they were sorry. That it was how Jesus would respond and taught his followers to respond. There was no question that forgiveness was the right thing to do. It was a given.

March 25, 2020
Monsoon Wedding, My Childhood Rape Culture, and No-Go-Tell
By Sandhya Jha

I loved the film “Monsoon Wedding”. When it came out on video, I rented it for my parents to watch. When the movie was over, they both said they enjoyed it, but my father was troubled by one plot line.

March 25, 2020
Whose Scars Am I Wearing?
By Gloria H. Potamus

Memories. Voices. Accusations. Family traumas tailed my life, casting shadows of pain and shame. I felt it when my mom raged. I felt it in her gaze of melancholy.

March 25, 2020
A Vulnerable Love
By Serena Lin

It’s Thanksgiving evening. I’m in the kitchen with my A-ma (grandma), standing over a pot of simmering Taiwanese braised pork belly while also preparing a batch of creamy mashed potatoes, my two identities melding togethe

March 25, 2020
Spiritual Lies and Superficial Reconciliation
By Daniel D. Lee

I grew up with youth pastors preaching about how we should not say “jeez!” or “gosh!” because we were really saying “Jesus Christ!” and “God!” and thereby implicitly taking the Lord’s name in vain. As much as I wanted to honor God, that just seemed frivolous.

March 25, 2020
To the Man Who Murdered My Brother
By Brandon Tacadena

To the man who murdered my brother, I don’t expect you to read this right away. In fact, I would suggest that you wait and allow this letter to sit idle for several years until you are ready to hear what I have to say.

March 25, 2020
By Kevin Hu

I grew up searching for family. When I found it in the corners that I did, they were like filters in a kaleidoscope phasing in and out of this endless placeholder.

March 25, 2020
You Come to Me with Breakfast
By Michael Stalcup 

This poem on the life of Peter was inspired by the moving final scene of John’s gospel. It is structured as a chiasmus—which, after the Greek letter χ (chi), uses inverted parallelism to highlight key concepts and create interplay between paired stanzas.

March 25, 2020
Forgiveness From the Margins of Christian Life
By Trevor Jeyaraj

The universal Christian family cannot imagine its life and existence without forgiveness. As a force that restores and reconciles different persons and parties, forgiveness is intricately connected with personal as well as communal walks of life.

March 25, 2020
Governments Never Say They’re Sorry
By Bill Watanabe

During the years of American involvement in World War II, from 1941 – 1945, 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry (called Nikkei) were incarcerated in various remote areas of the U.S. without any due process or regard for constitutional rights.