Laura Cerbus

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

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cross-culture life

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 →

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Last week a neighbor popped over to give my children the toys she had earned through her grocery store purchases.  That gesture, entirely mundane and unremarkable in my home context, has filled me with pleasure every time I’ve thought about… Continue Reading →

When it’s not my story

I have a prayer letter to write. It’s been on my to-do list for the past three weeks now — each Saturday, I write it again in my planner for the following week. Our family has been very busy lately,… Continue Reading →

“I’m American”

Less than 100 metres from our home lies the most diverse suburb in Australia, boasting representatives from 112 of the world’s 196 countries. While a dominant Australian culture structures public life, social etiquette and expectations, different cultures regularly interact in… Continue Reading →

A More Complicated Story

A few months ago, while we were back in the States for the holidays, a dear friend asked me how I thought I had changed since moving to Australia. We have been gone almost two years, time enough for change… Continue Reading →

[Not] Changing the World

It’s not a classroom I’m used to. I’m seated at a long table, chairs gathered around. No orderly desks lined up facing a whiteboard. Instead, we’re set up in the middle of a community space. Toys litter the room, a… Continue Reading →

Stewards & Wanderers

Modern-day prophet Wendell Berry is clear: we must stay and we must love the places where we stay. No sentimentality, no cynicism, only a fierce commitment to loving a place through and through to its flourishing. Berry’s vision is so… Continue Reading →

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