It wasn’t a miracle. It was history.

Sparker: "Don't know if you follow Diana Butler Bass on Twitter but she posted this thread on church history and politics yesterday I found thought provoking." by Diana Butler Bass | Twitter, November 15, 2019 Working on a piece of memoir and my attention wandered back to a moment in graduate school that was very … Continue reading It wasn’t a miracle. It was history.

Bay Area’s wild week: What we learned from fires, outages and evacuations

Sparker: "If you haven't seen this yet, a read on some conclusions from the Bay Area wildfires. In particular some pieces relevant to the Climate Change sermons and justice." by Rachel Swan | San Francisco Chronicle, November 3, 2019 9. Low-income people were hit the hardest. Disaster has a built-in economic injustice. Affluent people tend to … Continue reading Bay Area’s wild week: What we learned from fires, outages and evacuations

Be Humble, and Proudly, Psychologists Say

Sparker: "This article made me think of Spark. ... I think we originally joined Spark because we were looking for a more progressive faith community. But we’ve also learned so much about valuing curiosity and humility." Humility is not the boldest of personality traits, but it’s an important one, studies find. And it’s hard to … Continue reading Be Humble, and Proudly, Psychologists Say