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Reflection

by Stephanie Cressler Folded on my Nana’s left thigh, back pressed into her breasts, my face lightens as my Nana outlines my features with her non acrylic, ruby red nails. As she divides my nose and swipes across my mustache line, I smell the polish solvents and feel calcium thickening her round filed nails. I close my eyes when she swoops up my cheekbones, around the frame of my face, to glide back down each eye, balancing her elongated fingers on their tips. Midway through my second eye, my Nana’s… Read more Reflection

Our Father

by Andrew Shi Prayer is wonderfully free and yet stupefies us in its simplicity. Where do I begin? What do I say? How do I say it in the right way? Quick—didn’t I promise recently to pray for someone? I feel a creeping sense of shame when I don’t pray long enough, or when I don’t feel anything happening in my prayer. I stumble in my speech, looking for that perfect word or phrase as if it could release the floodgates of God’s blessings and favor. In reality, my prayers… Read more Our Father

Giving

by Giovanna Cavagnaro Recently God has been teaching me about giving. Giving is a beautiful thing. I think God enjoys it when His children give, because He’s a giver Himself. You see, in our natural world giving is not generally seen as something useful or profitable for any purposes other than being kind, but that’s because the world functions under scarce resources. God does not. He has unlimited funds, unlimited goods, unlimited resources. So while the world’s rationale may lead us to believe that when we give, we lose goods,… Read more Giving

Viva Mexico?  

by Dani Corona When it came to everyday discussions on race and ethnicity, I was once very insecure and confused. Because for me, this is how conversations generally go: “What is your background?” “I am three quarters Mexican and one quarter German.” “Really? I wouldn’t have guessed! You don’t look Mexican at all. Do you speak Spanish?” “No, not fluently.” “Have you been to Mexico?” “Sadly, no.” “Oh, well do you speak German?” “No.” This leads to a little awkward silence. Then the conversation shifts its attention to the next… Read more Viva Mexico?  

Words

by Stephanie Cressler Head down, fingers typing, fingers swiping, eyes captured, mouth closed, not talking. Communication hindered when you rather text than talk to the real-life human next to you, you call friend. When ‘how are you?’ becomes ‘how r u?’, u mght ms the mng, the purpose, the point of what is being said. Don’t live, going through the motions, (a motion in itself), you aren’t a mirror, don’t reflect what the world does. You are a real-life human with a head to think, fingers to hold, eyes to… Read more Words

Progress and Identity

by Emani Pollard Ethnicity is something in which every person places his identity. It is good and important and to be celebrated. The politics of ethnic identity are no more resolved than they were thirty years ago. Though we have slowly progressed, our destructive humanity still hangs on to racism and hate. It is not 1968, but police brutality still exists, a black man was brutally murdered in Mississippi, and media stereotypes in reporting do not help anyone. Events in Ferguson, Missouri have revived the conversation about racial tensions that… Read more Progress and Identity

(3) Reasons Why: Love is Active

by Dedzidi Ladzekpo PART 3 – Love Endures Lastly, one of the things I learned about love is that, when it’s real, it truly endures in all circumstances and through all trials. “Love never ends”… right? It’s so easy to memorize those words from 1 Corinthians 13, to hear them at the end of a wedding’s Scripture reading, but it’s another thing to understand their implications and live them. Of course, love’s endurance is something we will never be able to embody on our own strength. However, with an active… Read more (3) Reasons Why: Love is Active

Finding God at Cornell

by Esther Jiang At times it can be difficult to find God at Cornell. When you stand in front of Day Hall, you can hear tour guides touting to the masses, “Cornell University was founded as the first non-sectarian university of the Ivy League.”  Ezra Cornell expressed his disdain for the “dead and putrid carcass of ‘the Church,’” as well as his hope for the triumph of secular humanism. Andrew White wrote A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, which ended with science replacing theology. At… Read more Finding God at Cornell