Still We Rise…

Spiritually SpeakingBy Trish Sullivan Vanni Apr 8, 2020Many years ago, I was in a weekend long workshop with a wonderful spiritual teacher. Most of the people there had faced tremendous loss and hardship. After ny folks had shared the burdens they were carrying, the teacher smiled at all of us and said, “Ah, life! It’s… Continue reading Still We Rise…


On Being a Person of Faith — And Being Seen

People in my business (faith community leadership) often find themselves discussing trends in our denominations and faith traditions. But as we wring our hands about who’s not with us right now, we often forget that, in fact, the United States is by many measures “a robustly religious country and the most devout of all the… Continue reading On Being a Person of Faith — And Being Seen


Remembering Dr. King, Always

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of visiting the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, home of an important chapter in the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As I entered the sanctuary, a few students milled about. Then they left, and I was alone in that sanctified and… Continue reading Remembering Dr. King, Always


A Holy Ramadan — For Us All

There’s no denying the amazing religious pluralism in this country. Driving in our southwest suburbs, we not only pass churches and synagogues but mosques and mandirs. In spring, our neighbors are celebrating Easter (Christian) and Passover (Jewish), and they also celebrating Ridván (Bahai) and Holi (Hindu). Right now, our Muslim friends and neighbors are in… Continue reading A Holy Ramadan — For Us All


Time to find our voices…

If you were to ask your best friend what your voice sounds like, what would they say? No, I don’t mean the resonance or timbre, but the quality of your self-expression and your ability to bring yourself forward in important conversations. Are you hesitant? Forthright? Protective? Harsh? Compassionate? I ask this for a few reasons.… Continue reading Time to find our voices…


The Beauty of an Ohana

According to the U.S. Census bureau, “A family is a group of two people or more (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together.” I’m sure that makes sense when you’re the government counting heads, but at this time of year, when connecting and giving is so in… Continue reading The Beauty of an Ohana


Milkweed and the fertile days of Autumn

I’m aware of milkweed.It began about a dozen years ago. It was a glorious Summer. But Spring had brought less than happy news: The monarch population was dipping precipitously, in part due to loss of migration habitat, in part due to pesticides. The prior year, 2004, had seen an all-time low.So as the milkweed on… Continue reading Milkweed and the fertile days of Autumn

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“Quick! Be Spiritual!”

My life has been a bit overfull of late. Some events were extraordinarily challenging, and others bordered on ecstatic. Really. Almost everything was on one end of the spectrum or the other. And I was not as on top of my calendar as I should have been. So when Tim, the editor of this illustrious… Continue reading “Quick! Be Spiritual!”

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Honor your mother… Earth

“Honor your father and mother,” is the first part of the Fifth Commandment. In our hasty recollections, we might find ourselves forgetting the second part: “So that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” This past Sunday was Earth Day,… Continue reading Honor your mother… Earth


“Cardinal’s plan for laypeople to lead parishes”

For those of us who uphold the centrality of the Eucharist, this still has issues (the phenomenon of circuit riding priests for Mass) but it is definitely a move in the right direction. --TSV "Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced plans to allow laypeople in his Archdiocese of Munich to lead parishes where there are no… Continue reading “Cardinal’s plan for laypeople to lead parishes”