The Summer Job

By Rev. Dr. Bobbie McKay  •  July 11, 2024

I grew up in a suburb outside of Chicago named Evanston, Illinois. It was the home of Northwestern University; a neighbor of Loyola University and existed part way between Chicago and Milwaukee.

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By Rev. Dr. Bobbie McKay  •  December 21, 2023

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By Lisa B. Thomas  •  December 14, 2023

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By Rev. Dr. Kenneth Daniel  •  December 07, 2023

Advent was an important time in our family. I am an only child, so my memories are about small gatherings. Our church prepared a series of weekly meditations for..

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These holidays from the end of November through the new year stress me out. This is not related to any past trauma or grief around this time of year, but the conflict..

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By Rev. Dr. Bobbie McKay  •  November 23, 2023

On November 23rd, this year, I will celebrate my 92nd birthday with the same words I’ve been using for the past few years: “Where DID the time go? What did I do with the..

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By Kim Moeller  •  November 16, 2023

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By Lisa B. Thomas  •  November 09, 2023

At the age of 40, Karen, a single mother of two, was diagnosed with colon cancer that had spread to her liver. It was a devastating diagnosis. As her parish nurse, I was..