Category: Book Excerpt

What Will Make My Neighbors Healthy?

By Veronica Squires and Breanna Lathrop Poverty is a strong predictor of mortality and a critical social determinant of health. The Department of Health and Human Services lists poverty as a key component of...

Living in Liminal Space

By Natalia Kohn, Nemi Vega Quiñones, and Kristy Garza Robinson Esther was a Jewish woman being raised by a cousin named Mordecai. The Jews were an ethnic minority community displaced and dispersed all over...

Starting to Thaw

By Gillian Marchenko I drive out to the suburbs of Chicago for the trial. They administer a quick medical exam: blood pressure, urine sample, reflexes, nose, ears, deep breaths while a cold stethoscope presses...

Entering Darkness to Find Light

By Phileena Heuertz Years ago, my friends Jeelan and Nazreen gave me the gift of physical sight. Jeelan was born into an Urdu-speaking folk Muslim family in the heart of South India’s Tamil Nadu....

The Eve of Advent

By Eberhard Arnold In the past God spoke…through the prophets at many times and in various ways. ~ Hebrews 1:1 Advent is a time in which we share in the longing of all those...

La Posada Sin Fronteras: Mary and Joseph at the Border

By Karen González Every year from December 16 to 24, Las Posadas begin in many Latin American countries and immigrant communities in the U.S. Roughly translated, posadas means “inn” or “shelter.” Las Posadas recalls the events in Luke’s Gospel leading...

Proximity and Presence

By Jonathan Brooks At Canaan we are trying to live into our tagline “the church where love makes the difference,” which we have found to be a very dangerous statement. Christians often tell people...

Love Is the Final Fight

By John M. Perkins Our country claims to “hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these...

The Church’s Oppression of Women

By Stephen Mattson American Christianity has been a horrible place for women. It ignores them, abuses them, assaults them, objectifies them, oppresses them, and then attempts to theologically rationalize it all as being “Biblical” and...