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Finding Loro: a simple story about the contagious nature of love & service

by Riley Webb above: female students at the Loro Primary School celebrate the delivery of their sanitary pads in early June, 2017, the first gift offered from Love for Loro.  In November of 2016, Front Porch volunteer, Betsy Sammon, sat in on a youth Sunday School class at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. As the class pondered various topics that day, somehow the conversation turned to focus on one of the class’ leaders, a …read more

The Easter Vigil: Doing Good Together

Under the burden, the cynicism, and the pace of modern life, Passover and Holy Week interrupt us with timely “signals of transcendence” that call us to stand together, across our various political, cultural, and religious divides. We are beautiful, if broken and vulnerable beings with a profound need for liberation and resurrection—and each other. The women who arrived looking for the dead body of Jesus on that first Sunday morning …read more

Can Beauty Save the World? Come and See

The upcoming winter/spring edition of the Front Porch’s “Public House Church” (aka, Pub Church) explores Dostoevsky’s compelling, though enigmatic assertion that “beauty will save the world.” Beauty that takes our breath away opens our hearts. And once our hearts open — in that very instant! — we see the world and everything in it as beautiful. This is the beauty that will save the world, and we will talk about …read more