Almanac Note: The Robin

By: Gabriela Yareliz Robins have always been my favorite bird. They were always perched by my window just around my birthday in Michigan, while growing up. So, imagine my joy when I saw a little section dedicated to the Robin in my little British Almanac. I learned they are one of the few birds thatContinue reading “Almanac Note: The Robin”

Bonhoeffer on Scripture

By: Gabriela Yareliz I loved Bonhoeffer’s thoughts on Scripture: “One cannot simply read the Bible, like other books. One must be prepared really to enquire of it. Only thus will it reveal itself. Only if we expect from it the ultimate answer, shall we receive it.” “Do not try to make the Bible relevant. ItsContinue reading “Bonhoeffer on Scripture”

Bonhoeffer’s Journal

Even while being a minister playing games to escape the attention of the Nazi government while at the same time provoking them, Bonhoeffer kept a journal. This is how we know so much about his thoughts as he traveled, escaped trouble, landed in trouble, was imprisoned, met people and studied Scripture. This was a timeContinue reading “Bonhoeffer’s Journal”

Deli Dreams (Part II)

Welcome to 2022 (and my deli tour of NYC). If you missed Part I, check it out here. As noted, I am on this tour to talk to local deli employees and owners about their hopes and dreams for 2022. (They are New York’s coolest). I met some really interesting people along the way. NeverContinue reading “Deli Dreams (Part II)”

Top Posts of 2021

By: Gabriela Yareliz Thank you for such a fun year! Here we have the top posts published in 2021. Revisiting the most read: A Letter to Louisiana: My letter of encouragement to the pelican state after it was rocked by Hurricane Ida. Interview with Brianna Cerrito: It was lovely to get to know a very cool youngContinue reading “Top Posts of 2021”

Leadership

“Where books are burned, they will, in the end, burn people, too.” Heinrich Heine By: Gabriela Yareliz I write this in reflection of what we have been witnesses to, in the past two years. I won’t pretend to be some brave crusader, as I recognize in retrospect that in important moments, my dissent was aContinue reading “Leadership”

Suffering

By: Gabriela Yareliz I have so been enjoying the book Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas. I was deeply interested in Bonhoeffer’s thoughts about the churches he encountered while in the United States and more specifically, New York. He found much of the messaging and preaching shallow. He found a lack of focus on Christ, but interestingly,Continue reading “Suffering”

King

By: Gabriela Yareliz This Christmas season, if there is anything that stood out to me the most from the familiar Christmas story it was its humility. The bleak circumstance of it all. How the God of the universe’s arrival frustrated every expectation. His parents filled with the same anxieties that overwhelm us, at times. TheContinue reading “King”

December 2021 Quotes

By: Gabriela Yareliz These are some of the quotes that have been spinning through my mind, these days: One “We have a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws,” Martin Luther King, Jr. once said. These days, I wonder what that looks like and what that would mean exactly. I am currently reading Eric Metaxas’ bookContinue reading “December 2021 Quotes”

The Inner Room

“Do not be swayed by the opinions of others. The secret to breaking free from confusion.” The Art of Simple Living, Shunmyo Masuno By: Gabriela Yareliz All of us can have an inner room. It’s sort of like an inner chamber of the soul to where we can retreat to find stillness and peace. WiseContinue reading “The Inner Room”