Rooted

When you fell, you rejoiced at becoming new, but my roots cannot fill the crater you leave. You didn’t see how birds and beasts were...

My Gardening Mind

I recently read an article by Arthur Brooks which contends that cultivating multiple interests and doing different kinds of activities,...

A City and Hunger that Never Sleep

To be in need is one of our most human traits; we come into this world in incredible need, and we leave in incredible need. As infants,...

Hungering for Love

[Note: This is a review of the film, Phantom Thread, and includes spoilers for plot points throughout the film.] Love nourishes. Love...

Faith and Country Music

Songwriter Harlan Howard once described country music as “three chords and the truth.”1 Today, country music is often discounted as...

Shabbat Shalom for All

In the beginning God created, said, made, called, placed, and blessed all He made. And so the heavens and the earth were completed, and...

Overpass

Synthetic smoke carried up over a concrete river, walking on the bridge overhead, recalling the taste of speed. Passing boats in passing...

Surviving History

Inspired by Tylor, Edward Burnett. “Chapter III: Survival in Culture.” In The Origins of Culture, 70–111. Harper & Brothers Publishers,...

An Unexpected Gift

Like many other freshmen last year, I entered my first semester at the University of Minnesota in 2020 with great uncertainty. Online...

Watercolor Dust

—fell asleep inside a sunlit room; when I woke, it was too dark to leave. —stood and walked, bleary eyed, felt my hand along the wall for...

Noonday

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your...

Racism, Repentance, and Reconciliation

I want to preface this essay about racial justice by stating two things about my identity. First, I am a Christian and second, I am...

Finding the Fair in Fairy Tales

Once upon a time, a boar rampaged throughout all the land, destroying crops and killing villagers. The king offered his daughter’s hand...

New Frontiers in Medical Justice:

Human Fraternity, Human Rights, and Neoliberalism among Fratelli Tutti Lord, Father of our human family, you created all human beings...