Laura Cerbus

reflections at the intersection of theology, culture, and the quotidian

The Priesthood of All Believers in the Face of Racism

Even though I watch from Australia, the other side of the world doesn’t seem so far away. The turmoil and grief of my native country, of my black brothers and sisters, fills my mind and heart as I pour over… Continue Reading →

“A Weighty Burden of Guilt”

“As a culture we have spent a great deal of time in recent decades naming and deploring the crimes and injustices in our history. This is right and necessary. But the present crises have exposed crimes and injustices deeply embedded… Continue Reading →

Pentecost & Justice

Today — the Feast of Pentecost. Today, we remember the sending of the Spirit, the gracious outpouring of God himself on his people.  As I meditate on God’s gift of his Spirit, I think of Jesus’ words:  “The Spirit of… Continue Reading →

The Help We Need

For us cross-cultural workers, so far away from our mothers, we tend to mother ourselves — to hack and schedule and self-care our way into health and flourishing. And we can get pretty good at it. We are creative, resilient… Continue Reading →

COVID-19: A Prolonged Sabbath in a Culture of Productivity

I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, in the middle of school holidays and feeling untethered in many ways. Now, as Term 2 descends, “Sabbath” does not quite seem the right idea for what I’m facing now. The same… Continue Reading →

March 25: Annunciation of the Lord

“Here am I, the servant of the Lord: let it be to me according to your will.”– from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals This morning I had another conversation with my children about what is happening in the… Continue Reading →

The Better Portion

Does the story of Mary and Martha bother anyone else? Honestly, for much of my life I’ve had a hard time understanding what exactly I’m supposed to take from the story. I’m not obviously the Martha or the Mary —… Continue Reading →

In the Beginning: A Scripture Reading Guide

I’m pretty thrilled to share with you the fruit of many months of labor: a Scripture reading guide to take you through Genesis, chapter by chapter. An explanation on why I wrote and how to use the book can be… Continue Reading →

Not My Own

“I am not my own. I am bought with a price.” The woman recited the words quietly, without power of voice or presence. A petite, white-haired woman in a simple polyester dress, she spoke simply and matter-of-factly as she told… Continue Reading →

Seasonal Disorientation

In the northeastern United States where I grew up, the holidays of the church moved with the rhythm of the seasons. In November, the days grew shorter as our part of the earth tilted away from the sun, and Daylight… Continue Reading →

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