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Our Story Begins…
By Karis Thompson, Strategist for Community Development, Redeemer Center for Life & Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN; Wheat Ridge Board of Directors
Poet Nikky Finney opens her now often-cited, well-circulated National Book Awards acceptance speech with the Slave Codes of SC, 1739, which mandated a severe fine and imprisonment for anyone found teaching a slave to read or write and death for distributing “incendiary literature.” She writes, We...
Keep On Talking
By Rev. Keith Perry
Hospice and Hospital Chaplain
Right out of college, I started a radio career, which is kind of interesting since I was pretty shy during high school and even into college. Be that as it may, it was a great experience for me. Among the many things I learned about mass communications, whether radio or television, was to avoid at all costs any “dead air.” When you don’t know what to say or get confused or if there was suddenly a technical...
By Rev. Jenn Moland-Kovash,
All Saints Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois
Do you love words? I do. This admission might not come as a great surprise, even if you don’t know me personally. You could surmise that because I write devotions for Wheat Ridge Ministries that I have an interest in writing. You could see the information about me and know that I’m a pastor and figure, therefore, that I write and deliver a sermon with some regularity, putting words together...
By Ted Schroeder
You’re dining in a restaurant and you notice a couple near you also having dinner. You cannot hear their conversation, but you can observe their faces, see their actions, read their movements. After a while, you realize that you are reading the “spirit” of that relationship. The way he sits and does not look at her, the long periods of silence, the way she sighs when he clears his throat, the frown on his face when she leans over to him –...
By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Chicago, Illinois; Wheat Ridge Board of Directors
Some days you just have to get away from it all and think about the bigger picture. Contemplate the “why” of things. At eight years old, with a house full of irritating younger siblings and a neighborhood full of kids, I had one of those days. I just had to get away so I could think about things.
Now the neighborhood rule was that you couldn’t go farther than your parents or other...