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Catherine Ricketts

Catherine Ricketts is an essayist, songwriter, and arts professional who lives in Philadelphia. Ricketts studied creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MFA in creative non-fiction from Seattle Pacific University. Her writing has been published by The Millions, Paste Magazine, Measure Journal, Relief Journal, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and her music can be found at catherinedanaricketts.com.

What happens when you read the Bible in an art museum
March 18th, 2019

What happens when you read the Bible in an art museum

Catherine Ricketts

Sometimes in my Bible-reading, I desire to slow down in order to imaginatively enter a single scene or to deeply consider a single theological idea. In moments like these, visual art is a welcome companion, for it captivates my imagination and slows me to a meditative pace. ...

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How Marriage Changed the Way I Read the Bible
February 25th, 2019

How Marriage Changed the Way I Read the Bible

Catherine Ricketts

Before I was married, I read the Bible nearly every morning. It was a ritual I had developed as a teenager that carried on into my adult life. I often woke looking forward to God’s company, found in the words of Scripture. I thought of God as my friend, ...

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Grace for Lapsed Bible Readers
February 4th, 2019

Grace for Lapsed Bible Readers

Catherine Ricketts

For fifteen years, I read the Bible every day. I craved it in the morning like my empty stomach craved breakfast. Then slowly, the cravings stopped. My relationship with the Bible got complicated. Questions arose that I didn’t have the answers for, and the Bible became a source of ...

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What Happens When You Choose Silence Together
November 12th, 2018

What Happens When You Choose Silence Together

Catherine Ricketts

“Go out and stand before me on top of the mountain, ” the LORD said to [Elijah]. Then the LORD passed by and sent a furious wind that split the hills and shattered the rocks—but the LORD was not in the wind. The wind stopped blowing, ...

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Discover Your Ancestry in the Family of the Bible
September 17th, 2018

Discover Your Ancestry in the Family of the Bible

Catherine Ricketts

Last Christmas, my mother wrapped a stack of antique books and gave one to every member of my family. Each was a different edition of a book that was first published in 1840, written by my paternal ancestor, Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Each had a different binding: crimson with ...

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Finding God in Life’s Ambiguity
January 29th, 2018

Finding God in Life’s Ambiguity

Catherine Ricketts

In this 3-part series , essayist Catherine Ricketts walks us through the spiritual practice of writing our stories. This practice draws on a long tradition of courageous Christians and truth-tellers. Find out how writing your story can help you better understand yourself and God’s ...

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Meeting God at the Edge of Our Understanding
January 22nd, 2018

Meeting God at the Edge of Our Understanding

Catherine Ricketts

In this three-part series , essayist Catherine Ricketts walks us through the spiritual practice of writing our stories. This practice draws on a long tradition of courageous Christians and truth-tellers. Find out how writing your story can help you better understand yourself and God’s presence in your life, ...

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Courage to Write: Seeing God, Self, and Neighbor
January 15th, 2018

Courage to Write: Seeing God, Self, and Neighbor

Catherine Ricketts

In this three-part series , essayist Catherine Ricketts walks us through the spiritual practice of writing our stories. This practice draws on a long tradition of courageous Christians and truth-tellers. Find out how writing your story can help you better understand yourself and God’s presence in your life, ...

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