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Ignoring distractions by focusing on faith: Maureen Pratt

The phone call jarred me awake at 6:20 a.m. I am not a morning person and because there have been so many robocalls lately,...

I want to make donations, but the ability to pick up...

My delight in earning a graduate degree in theology this spring has given way to a desire to downsize. I'm not planning to move...

Retreats: ‘Getaways with God’ can be a profoundly rich experience

A cozy sweater. A question about life's direction. A toothbrush, toothpaste. A pandemic-weary heart. Along with everyday items, people making retreats often "pack" questions or...

The need to return to homebound ministries; visits, respite and peace...

If anyone needs evidence that a weekly, hourly visit from a friendly volunteer makes a big difference in others' lives, the effect of the...

What were your first impressions of your spouse what helped your...

We know the story by heart: A couple meets, sparks fly and it's happily ever after. Or is it? I asked four long-married couples about their...

Sharing light with others is an important practice now, more than...

In Spring 2015, I attended an exhibition on the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. It was a...

We can still connect with loved ones — in new ways...

My mother lives in one of the nation’s hot spots for COVID-19 activity and my own health issues prevent me from traveling, so this...

Plants, and people, need tending in these tough times

As my birthday approached last month, I decided to purchase a few new additions to my indoor garden — a blooming and three smaller,...

Anxiety prevails in uncertain return to school, but structure at home...

The opportunity to learn is one of the gifts I appreciate most in life. The process can be difficult, but knowledge, once earned, is...

Ministry with persons with disability is what Jesus did — Maureen...

July 26, 2020, marks the 30th year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A milestone in societal development, the ADA provided...

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