Let the Streets Resound

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston

Late on the first Sunday night of February, our city erupted with joy after the Chiefs won the Super Bowl, and people filled the streets with celebration. My boyfriend and I had spent the evening at some friends’ on the other side of Midtown; driving home down 39th street from …

Worshipping in Spirit and in Truth

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston, Youth Ministry

Last week, some of us worshipped together with others demonstrating and speaking out against racist violence and injustice in our country. On Friday night, a group of youth and young adults joined together at the Nelson-Atkins Museum to walk over to a peaceable demonstration at the Plaza. Wearing masks and keeping our distance from each other, we marched, led by a minister at Unity Southeast Church and kneeling for a few minutes in honor of George Floyd. 

The Ancient Audacity to Hope

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston, Youth Ministry

By Tyler Heston, Minister to Youth It’s easy to be anxious in our world today. As November 2020 grows closer, our country is nervous about what’s next. Life as normal is coming to a halt across the globe as COVID-19 spreads. On top of these things and the plethora of …

Choosing Joy

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston

By Rev. Tyler Heston, Minister to Youth December seems to be a busy month for most people, but my December was particularly busy. On top of holiday activities and (last-minute) Christmas shopping, a good friend of mine here in Kansas City, Morgan, got married the Saturday before Christmas (and I …

Rings of Time

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston, Youth Ministry

By Rev. Tyler Heston, Minister to Youth We should really start a book club for the church staff. Soon after Catherine shared an article that mentioned The Overstory by Richard Powers, six of us were reading (or had already read) the book. The novel weaves the story of various people …

Pulling Back the Curtain

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston

Rev. Tyler Heston, Minister to Youth One of the most surprising personal revelations I had in seminary was how much I liked sci-fi. It began when I devoured the entirety of The X-Files series during my sparse free time and continued with films and shows like 2001: A Space Odyssey, …

Doors for Transformation

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston

Last week, thousands gathered both in person and online for the funeral of Christian author and speaker Rachel Held Evans, who died unexpectedly at the age of 37. Evans spent most of her life in Tennessee, where she was raised as a conservative Evangelical. In her twenties, she began to …

Notes of the Unknown

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston

By Rev. Tyler Heston, Minister to Youth “I’m the only girl in my P. E. class.” “I didn’t know my friend was adopted.” “I remember being overwhelmed the first day of calculus, when I was the only freshman in an all-junior class.” “I didn’t know that childhood friend was actually a …

The Stillness of Snow

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston

The snow, even days after it has fallen and as it turns brown and black from foot and road traffic, is absolutely wonderful to me. The frozen precipitation paints fresh beauty into familiar landscapes.

Being a Questions Church

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston

By Rev. Tyler Heston, Minister to Youth A couple days ago, I made a mistake I’m prone to making and got on Twitter while I was trying to be productive. In the middle of silly memes, tweets about Ariana, and reminders to vote, I saw a tweet that said that …

A Moment for Harvest

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston, Youth Ministry

By Rev. Tyler Heston, Minister to Youth People told me that I would adore autumn in the Midwest. It has always been my favorite season—the heat of the summer is past, the new routines of August and September are settled, and the leaves of the trees display brilliant reds, oranges, …