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Author Elizabeth Evans Hagan

Elizabeth Hagan is senior minister of The Palisades Community Church in Washington, D.C. Other hats she wears are as a preacher, author and executive director of Our Courageous Kids, a foundation dedicated to orphan care.

When it comes to orphan care, few resources are available among progressive churches. Your church can start to turn that around by observing Orphan Sunday in November. […] Read More

This weekend, Mother’s Day, while joy-filled for many, is full of anxiety for others. If you’re in the anxiety-producing camp, know I am with you. As I’ve shared elsewhere, I have Mother’s Day pain. It’s so hard to have complicated feelings about the mothers in your life. It’s so hard to have longings for children […] Read More

What might be three essential faith practices we should take with us on our 40-day journey toward Easter? On the Sunday before Lent at my congregation, I suggested these based off of Micah 6:8: justice, kindness and humility. Justice is such a hot button word in faith communities these days. Religious folks of all kinds […] Read More

Do you have the courage to show up to hard conversations? It’s no secret that courage is in high demand in these times we’re living in. In our polarized-everything culture right now, it’s so easy to unfollow our social media “friends” who don’t believe as we do. It’s easy to worship, work and play only […] Read More

Do you think your church is kind on Father’s Day? Most of us would say, yes, of course! Yet, for men who long to be fathers and are not, for any who have a difficult relationship with their biological fathers, or those who have lost their fathers too soon, Sundays like Father’s Day can feel […] Read More

To the couple struggling with infertility this Mother’s Day: You are not alone. As another struggler along the journey – someone who lived through nine failed fertility procedures and two failed adoptions in our family’s journey to become parents – I know how much this season of the year brings out ache. And even though […] Read More

Do I really need to talk to people I disagree with? I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how easy it is for you and me to stop talking to one another when we don’t agree, especially now in times like these. And, I’m wondering how many times in the past couple of months have […] Read More

While in the religion section of Barnes and Noble recently, I found two books that struck me as indicative of America at this juncture. One was titled “Why the Christian Right Is Wrong,” and the other was “God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right.” I felt like both covers were screaming at me, […] Read More

If you live in Washington, D.C., New York City or Philadelphia, everything about your life patterns last week was altered by these words, “The pope’s in town.” We changed our commute times. We braved the crowds and packed public transportation like sardines to get a glimpse of the holy man. We saw “pope” memorabilia fill […] Read More

I was able to join my husband, Kevin, in Stockholm, Sweden, last week. He was representing the American Diabetes Association at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Meeting. At meetings like this, I continue to learn so much about how ruthless diabetes can be and how it affects so many people and their […] Read More