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Glory is at the heart of John’s gospel and its promises about how Jesus reveals to us his Father. But what does “glory” mean? And, more importantly, what does it mean for us? Br. Keith Nelson uncovers the true meaning of glory in John’s gospel, and points us toward an intimate practice that can help us to discover how we participate in God’s glory.


How should we deport ourselves in the presence of those who are different – because of their culture or race, religion, class, education, sexual orientation, age, hopes, or values? This age-old question has never been more pressing than in our own time. Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to the transformative practice of kindness, a necessary intervention for our disquieted world.


"What should I do with my life?" We never grow out of asking this question. The job we do to earn a living can fall short of being a vocation, and we're left wondering if there is more to life. Br. Jonathan Maury invites us to listen for the eternal call of God, speaking in our circumstances and ushering us to the fullness of life we were born to discover.


Where are you from? It's a simple question that, for many of us, has no simple answer. Yet our tendency to pick up and move on – from our homes, as well as from tough moments in our relationships and careers – can leave us feeling rootless and unsettled. Br. Luke Ditewig takes on our culture's increasing mobility, inviting us to embrace instead the transformative power of staying put.


When was the last time you were silent? And what was the quality of that silence? Was it gloomy, angry, expectant, anxious, bored ... or joyful? Br. James Koester invites us to embrace and experience the joy of silence.


Today we are overwhelmed and inundated with too much of everything: too many possessions, too much food, too much stimulation, too many activities, too much work, too much information, too many choices. Br. David Vryhof invites you to discover the freedom of simplicity.

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