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Baby Steps

By Esther Kim | July 1, 2021 | Comments Off on Baby Steps

Although creation is beautiful, I sometimes forget that the world is a dangerous place full of uncertainties. I grappled with this unsettling reality during my first Mountain Day experience. After admiring the picturesque mountains and savoring warm apple cider donuts on top of Stony Ledge, two friends and I began our descent on a relatively … Continue reading “Baby Steps”

A Sparrow’s Prayer

By Catherine Chen | June 24, 2021 | Comments Off on A Sparrow’s Prayer

  α Above me sparrows chirp, they chirp like sirens Hoping to get your attention What do they say? God, how can I pray As fervent and fearless as they?   I can hear my grandma saying, “One offense is all it takes, For the stony ancestors to sweep us with hurricanes.” And it did … Continue reading “A Sparrow’s Prayer”

Reflections on 2020: Comfort & Joy

By Rebecca Park | January 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Reflections on 2020: Comfort & Joy

Recently, the Williams Telos Board invited members of the Telos community to reflect on 2020 and share their challenges, comforts, and joys. We sent out an anonymous form and created a visual representation of the collected responses. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to take some time to think about your 2020 and check out … Continue reading “Reflections on 2020: Comfort & Joy”

Loving Temporal and Eternal Things: A Telos Thoughts Reflection

By Paige Anna Busse | November 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Loving Temporal and Eternal Things: A Telos Thoughts Reflection

At our Telos Thoughts meeting on Saturday, November 7, we had the chance to reflect on love and loss. Exploring an excerpt from book 4 of Augustine’s Confessions, we thought about temporal and eternal things we love and how they influence our personal lives. In the passage we read, Augustine acknowledges the dangers of focusing … Continue reading “Loving Temporal and Eternal Things: A Telos Thoughts Reflection”

Fullness

By Anna Leedy | October 20, 2020 | 1 Comment

How will I ever know YouYou are everything to meI feel You in a sweet embraceIn the piercing autumn breeze How will I ever understand YouSo worthy, so grandYet You came as a babe to saveAnd even now stretch out Your hand How will I ever know enough to love YouAs well as You love … Continue reading “Fullness”

Where is the Church?: A Telos Thoughts Reflection

By Rebecca Park | October 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Where is the Church?: A Telos Thoughts Reflection

We had a Telos Thoughts meeting on Saturday, October 10 where we listened to an excerpt from episode 2 of Take Me to Church, a podcast created and hosted by Dasol Lee ’21. After reflecting on some questions, we collaborated on a collage of ideas, issues, and themes we wanted the current Church to speak … Continue reading “Where is the Church?: A Telos Thoughts Reflection”

Waking Up Slowly: A Telos Thoughts Reflection

By Sarah Gantt | October 6, 2020 | Comments Off on Waking Up Slowly: A Telos Thoughts Reflection

In the morning, I see sunlight The pillow feels cold on my cheekBut my body is warm under the blanketsNo alarmJust quiet Glug glug – flushing toiletChush chush – brushing teethSplash splash – washing face In the afternoon, I see mountains The mask feels sticky on my faceBut my body is refreshed by the fall … Continue reading “Waking Up Slowly: A Telos Thoughts Reflection”

Black Lives Matter

By admin | June 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Black Lives Matter

The Williams Telos believes that every person is fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless others are not only injustices against the Black community but also injustices against the Creator. Black lives matter. We lament their deaths as a part of the … Continue reading “Black Lives Matter”

Sitting in the Rubble, a Poem by Inez Tan ’12

By admin | May 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Sitting in the Rubble, a Poem by Inez Tan ’12

Sitting in the Rubble by Inez Tan Still, outwardly, I go to work, I cook my meals, I do my laundry, as though my life consisted of acts like these. Six of my friends lose a child, three get into car accidents, two survive shootings, and only one says, “It’s not a competition,” meaning we … Continue reading “Sitting in the Rubble, a Poem by Inez Tan ’12”

The Table You’ve Prepared

By Rebecca Park | May 5, 2020 | Comments Off on The Table You’ve Prepared

For the past couple of days, I’ve had a line from UPPERROOM’s song “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” stuck in my head.  There’s a table that You’ve prepared for me In the presence of my enemies In my head, I pictured that table, a table overflowing with good food – macaroni and cheese, broiled fish, 北京烤鸭 … Continue reading “The Table You’ve Prepared”