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After the iftar: How an immigrant community’s worst fears came true

Second of two reports When Seattle’s young Somalis gathered to celebrate iftar, the Ramadan evening feast, homeland politics dominated the agenda. When the city’s Oromo…

The tyranny of safety

In the era of school shootings and terrorism it is understandable that safety has become a priority. But has it also become an obsession? Are…

2014’s #1 Most Read: Inside Mars Hill’s massive meltdown

A recent outpouring of accounts by former church members of Mars Hill, Seattle's own homegrown megachurch, are painting a picture, both fascinating and horrifying, of…

Seven things to know about the Christmas story

This time of year we are awash in Christmas stories. There’s “A Christmas Carol” at ACT Theatre, “A Christmas Story: The Musical” at the Fifth…

Peter’s coat: a Christmas story

On Nov. 12 the weather was icy, with warnings about frozen pipes and news of homeless shelters adding extra beds. Walking back from the store,…

Pets in paradise comment not from Pope Francis

Correction: The quote "Paradise is open to all creatures" was mistakenly attributed to Pope Francis. It was in fact spoken by his predecessor, Pope Paul…

Holidays: A season for grown-ups

Perhaps you’ve noticed, these days we tend to think of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and New Year’s as one thing, one season (or perhaps one…

Seattle’s new Sunday Assembly Church is no Mars Hill

For years Mars Hill Church treated the University of Washington as a field of young souls ripe for harvest. Pastor Mark Driscoll courted on-campus audiences…

Death with dignity can be a natural process

“We don’t call it that anymore,” said the social worker from the hospice agency. She had been talking in a vague and confusing way about…

Seven tips for embracing retirement

I was visiting with a friend not long ago who confessed to a fear of retirement. “I’m just not sure what I’ll do," he told…

The origins of life and the question of intelligent design

"I Origins" contemplates the argument for and against the concept of intelligent design by telling a story of science, love, loss and speculation. It is first…

The missing angle in the Hobby Lobby debate

The Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision ignited a storm of debate over the general concept of religious exemption from the law. It has also…

Viral Video: Mars Hill in its own words

The Crosscut articles that exposed the “massive meltdown” within Seattle’s homegrown Mars Hill megachurch make for fascinating reading. Misogyny, narcissism, shunning, shaming and co-founder Mark…

A big hole in NW diversity

After all these years, it is still somehow an unnexpected miracle, a rich soul-feeding surprise. “Summer Fishtrap: A Gathering of Writers” held its 27th year…

I’m a recovering Mars Hill true believer

This article was originally posted on the author's personal blog, MikeyAnderson.com. Have you ever sat next to a bug zapper on a warm night, and…

Inside Mars Hill’s massive meltdown

A recent outpouring of accounts by former church members of Mars Hill, Seattle's own homegrown megachurch, are painting a picture, both fascinating and horrifying, of…

Veterans’ art: The explosive truth about our American reality

Picture a little girl, say, 4 years old, with long brown hair and large brown eyes. She is all dressed up, a ribbon in her…

Seattle-born nun receives peace award

Sister Jean Fallon, who grew up in Seattle, will receive an award Sunday for her decades of work on behalf of peace. Fallon is a…

Making Holy Week feel a little more holy

Last week was, for Christians, Holy Week. I spent it in court, which is not a bad place to be for Holy Week as a…

Why Mars Hill was the perfect incubator for questionable naturopathy

Until his license was suspended by the State of Washington, naturopath John Catanzaro was a role model at Mars Hill Church in Ballard — a respected contributor…

$15 or Less: 1/2K Marathon with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Seattle U’s Search for Meaning bookfest

Beat the February gloom with MOHAI's new “Revealing Queer” exhibit, Central Cinema's double feature (Pretty in Pink and She's All That), and more. Read on.…

A tale of light out of darkness

Felicity is 24 years old. She was born in the Southeast, the daughter of an African-American father and a Caucasian mother. Though she is shy…

A lesson in Thanksgiving of a different kind

A few friends and I recently went down to the Emergency Family Shelter in Belltown to serve homeless families for the evening. The EFS is…

Why a habit of thanks giving helps us

Thanksgiving is one of those words that can be either a noun or a verb. In the noun form, it may sound like, “What are you…

What World War Z and Tacoma have in common

Did anyone see the World War Z scene where the zombies reach the top of a massive zombie-proof wall and start pouring over? The same…