pandemic

Days Like Dominoes

Days Like Dominoes

My thoughts these days are fraught, frazzled little things still precious even though they are as clumsy and malleable as the playdough jewels my daughter likes to shape. 

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Stranger Prayer

Until the pandemic hit, I hadn’t prayed in nearly two decades.

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Who Is My Neighbor?

The whole country, the whole world, is facing a damp, drizzly November of the soul.

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Return, Reimagine, Ritualize, Rebel: How has 2020 changed your spiritual life?

KtB is inviting submissions about how the events of this year have impacted your spiritual life.

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God Bless and Be Well

What does church look like when the Baptists go online in a science town?

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Prophetic Confinement

“Go, be confined inside your house!” Pandemic parallels stretch back as far as the sixth century BCE, when even the prophets Ezekiel and Jeremiah were restricted to their homes during their ministry.

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A New Ramadan

This year’s Ramadan promised to be different before it started.

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In the Garden

One of the last things I did in the time I now think of only as before was to take a hike at Occonneechee Mountain State Natural Area in North Carolina with my boyfriend. It was early March, and everything was still brown, save for patches of moss alongside the path. We thought it would be nice…

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Dispatches from Isolation, Vol. 1

Abandon most of your plans, except for the quiet house in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a promise of isolation that you desired before it was mandated.

Cover of Albert Camus, The Plague, showing a photo of a man with a red plague mask drawn over his face.

Camus’ The Plague: Coronavirus Quotes

Do all you can to fight plague where you find it, and don’t forget to love: a selection of some of the most relevant quotes from Camus’ The Plague for a time of coronavirus.

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It’s the End and Nothing Feels Fine

I don’t use the word “apocalypse” or “apocalyptic” lightly. I’m a scholar of bad endings. And the pandemic that we face right now feels like it could be a very bad ending.