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Year Without Shopping July

I have passed the halfway point in my yearlong shopping fast. My family has completed theirs (they signed on to join me for the 1st six months). So as we reached the end of their fast (for which they had a countdown) I asked my girls, who are 8 and 12 respectively, what they thought continue reading »

Year Without Shopping

Here is what’s been going on with me, my family and our shopping fast aka a year without shopping: I am still noticing the faded, worn and out of date things in my wardrobe, on my shoe rack and in my home.  I wonder as I do if I notice more because I cannot replace continue reading »

Melanie and the Micah Launch

Here is our intern Melanie Yong’s reflection on last week’s Micah 6:8 Launch: On a cold Sunday morning in March, the Boston Faith & Justice Organization launched our first Service Learning program in partnership with Salvation Army in Malden, MA. It has been a project that we have talked about for months and deliberated over continue reading »

A Year Without Shopping Update

My year without shopping has begun.   When I brought the idea of not buying anything for a year to my family my twelve-year-old daughter literally said “this is the worst thing that has happened to me in my whole life . . .”  She really likes shopping.  Like a lot. Much to my chagrin.  continue reading »

This Advent Season . . .

Tis the season . . . As we begin the advent season the world around us seems determined to make us think about everything but the coming of Jesus.  Determined to distract us from the waiting, the anticipation, the joy, the peace and the salvation that His arrival means for the world. Whether it’s black continue reading »

Guest Post – Melanie Yong

As I walk past aisle after aisle of the cold section in my local supermarket, checking the different cuts, parts and fat percentage in the minced meat, I thought about that time when I visited my friend in his village, east of my homeland in Malaysia. Scanning through fleshy, pink fresh meat, organic and non-organic, continue reading »

it’s not just cubits in here

My grandmother, who passed away eight years ago, read through the Bible annually.  I still remember her in her house dress and bathrobe sitting in an old arm chair in the morning leafing through her well-worn King James.  I aspire to her consistency but not the house dress and bathrobe, they were kind of awful!  continue reading »