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Juneteenth is Not a Cookout Reflection by Shaykh Jibreel Speight

June 18, 2020 by Shaykh Jibreel Speight | Chaplain Musings

Educational institutions throughout the country teach the Civil War. Dates, specific individuals, locations, and that little issue known as slavery are the pillars of Civil War teachings. We all have learned about the Civil War. We all claim to know its reasons. We may have even entertained ourselves watching movies about it. After we “learn”

Knitting with Pain Reflection by Dr. Jacob Rennaker, John A. Widtsoe Fellow

June 15, 2020 by Dr. Jacob Rennaker | Chaplain Musings

Pain can easily tear a community apart–especially when some feel that pain more deeply than others. On the other hand, pain can bring a community closer together than ever before. What makes the difference? Knitting. Yes, I believe that knitting makes all the difference between a community on the verge of self-destruction and a community

Tradition! Reflection by Rev. Cisa Payuyo

June 8, 2020 by Rev. Cisa Payuyo | Chaplain Musings

A few weeks ago, at the beginning of our shelter-in-place orders, I shared with my beloved that I had never watched the movie Fiddler on the Roof. I never saw the musical play in person either. As a Filipino American born and raised in Los Angeles, I grew up going to family parties where oftentimes

Exodus Reflection by Rev. Nancy Brink

June 1, 2020 by Rev. Nancy Brink | Chaplain Musings

I have been thinking a lot about the story of Exodus in this pandemic. It began as I walked home the day that students were told that classes were going online the next day. Students were frantically carrying items from their dorms, very little properly packed. There was none of the festivity of move in

Bored, Depressed, and Want to Give Up? The Noonday Demon Whispers!: Pentecost 2020 Reflection by Rev. Rafael Luévano

May 18, 2020 by | Chaplain Musings

Evargrius Ponticus, a third-century hermit who lived isolated in the Egyptian desert, knew all about boredom, discouragement, and wanting to give up. He personified this chorus of negativity with a telling nickname, “The Noonday Demon.” Unlike other tempters who lurk under cover of darkness, when Evargrius was weary and discouraged, this demon appeared in broad

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