Anticipating the joy of the coming Christ in the season of Advent is one of those liturgical, communal, and contemplative opportunities that I relish every year. The way that the light of winter days give way to early winter evenings, the lighting of the candles in the Advent wreath, the…


It is Election Day. This is the day that so many of us have been anticipating and dreading since November 4 th, 2016. It may have felt like many decades since that all to memorable election, but can you believe that it was only four years ago? …


2020 has been a year mired in political and social unrest, an unreal and devastating pandemic, and perhaps most significantly, a year of high-profile cases of police brutality and murder. …


Last Friday President Donald Trump announced that he and the First Lady had tested positive for COVID19, sparking a flurry of reactions across the country and the globe. There was some irony to this announcement, following the President’s mocking of Joe Biden in last week’s debate for wearing “the biggest…


One of the perpetual questions posed to churches goes something like this:

“Would your neighborhood notice if your church closed tomorrow?”

We’ve all encountered this question in one form or another, and usually we do our very best to answer in the affirmative. We may see ourselves as a bastion…


It feels like we’ve been fighting COVID-19 for a lifetime. So many across the country are under stay at home orders, or otherwise encouraged to remain at home. Many have lost jobs and income, others have lost housing and transportation. …


We’re entering the fourth week of major COVID-19 concern in the US, and in many states, including Minnesota, stay at home orders have been implemented to manage the almost certain reality of an overrun healthcare system.

Bars and restaurants have been closed to sit-in dining since March 16 thin Minnesota…


It’s hard to believe, but it’s only been a couple of weeks since most of our congregations and faith communities suspended in-person worship and moved to meeting and connecting through a handful of useful technologies. …


Two weeks ago, if you had asked folks in the US what worried them most about the Corona virus or COVID-19, many of us would have said, “Corona what?”. But what felt like a curiosity or a far removed flu-bug has now triggered a massive response across the globe and…


I know how to be angry.

I have these well-worn neurological paths that snap to attention at the slightest twinge of resistance or inconvenience, and I grew up in a culture, like many of my European-descent Midwestern compatriots, that allowed few expressions of emotion other than the gold-standard anger.

Nicholas Tangen

Nicholas Tangen is a Lutheran, writer, & community organizer in Minneapolis, MN writing at the intersection of faith & social transformation. nicholastangen.com

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