Mirroring

“What’s one of the most impactful things your therapist has ever said to you?” I asked my friend Maggie across the dinner table. I met Maggie a year ago when I ordered a coffee from her. She used to work… Continue Reading

About Christine Canty

Christine is a graduate of The Seattle School, currently living and working as a psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA. She longs desperately for clouds and rain and winter darkness, but eating a whole avocado every day soothes the ache.

Legends

What happens if I let the memory of you flood my basement bedroom? What happens if I work again to acknowledge that you are gone, and not returning, and yet admit you live so fully in the everyday legends of… Continue Reading

About Bethany Bylsma

Bethany is a 2nd-year MACP student who is working to fill her 3rd passport. She enjoys driving her car, Rodger (especially towards the mountains), strong coffee, and you can count on her for good movie recommendation. She hopes to one day own and live on a small farm.

Communion

Matthew’s peculiar story about how Jesus sorts out the sheep and goats assumes that it’s hard— they separate themselves…. –David Slavitt, “All We Like Sheep”   “This poem’s about me, you know,” my poet friend told me. I had already… Continue Reading

About Lauren Sawyer

Lauren is a graduate of The Seattle School who loves contemporary literature and poets who don’t rhyme. She often sympathizes with Dorothy Parker’s saying, “I hate writing; I love to have written.” Read more of Lauren’s written work at laurendeidra.com.

Reservation Funeral: A Brief Confession

When 10-year-old Ben returned from the reservation, he always brought back lice with him. We counselors learned this through an unfortunate circumstance when Ben gave one of his peers those lice, who gave them to another child, until we had… Continue Reading

About Caleb Visser

Caleb is a 3rd-year MATC student and co-founder of Reclamation of Youth Day - http://jtobiason.com/reclamation-of-youth-day-video-2013.

Munich Blumen

I went to Munich and loved most of all the haubtbahnhof—the central train station. The München Haubtbahhof is magic. It is efficiency embodied. It is so many hellos and goodbyes, beginnings and ends, stories waiting to unfold. The building is… Continue Reading

About Bethany Berens

Bethany is a second year MACP student who loves cooking, Christmas, sitting by her fireplace, and reading anything by Annie Dillard. She quotes Frederick Buechner: “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”

Sex Ed.

Lesson 1: How to be a Virgin “Are you a virgin?” A group of nine-year-old boys gathered around Perri, the freckled fourth-grade whore, under the school terrace. It was recess and I found myself, the friend-of-a-friend of one of the… Continue Reading

About Lauren Sawyer

Lauren is a graduate of The Seattle School who loves contemporary literature and poets who don’t rhyme. She often sympathizes with Dorothy Parker’s saying, “I hate writing; I love to have written.” Read more of Lauren’s written work at laurendeidra.com.

The Bleeding Boy

My mom, brother, and I were at the local pool. It was just a block from our house, so we would go there often to play on the slides and see who could hold their breath the longest. It’s interesting… Continue Reading

About Megan Peters

Megan Peters is a third year MATC student. She is studying the impact of trauma on the body and restoration through healing touch. She loves yoga, dancing, coffee, and pupppiiieeess!!!

The Voice and the Diaper

The first time I remember hearing the voice of God I was under water. I don’t mean the spooky kind of thundering voice from the sky or anything like that, not the kind with too much reverb that yells at… Continue Reading

About Sean Hall

Sean is a pastor, musician, and writer in the New Parish movement and is currently in the Masters of Theology and Culture program at The Seattle School. He pastors Fountain Parish, an innovative neighborhood faith community in Bellingham, WA. Find out more at fountainparish.com or Facebook.com/februarybirds.

The Task

Walking down the dimly lit hall of my parents’ home, I see the large, familiar, and dark painting of the toreador ready to strike the bull. His cape, a flaming red, swooping up and behind him, one knee planted in… Continue Reading

About Maya Sophia Sprague

Maya is a third-year MACP student who specializes in issues of abuse, trauma, and severe and persistent mental illness. She balances this heavy yet fascinating career with delicious coffee, baking fresh braided Challah each Friday, gardening, writing, and spending time with family and friends.