Jocelyn A. Sideco is a retreat leader, spiritual director and innovative minister who specializes in mission-centered ministry. She directs the Community Service and Social Justice office at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, California. Visit her online ecumenical ministry, In Good Company, at

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'It's always darkest before the dawn'

Young Voices:  As we approach the darkest day of the year, we are reminded of God's promise of light. This co-mingling produces a new color, a new story, and new hope: rose-colored vestments, if you will.


Black and brown bodies among us in the body of Christ

Young Voices: Have brown and black people been silenced in our churches as much as they are silenced in our media? Have their experiences of faith been muted, hidden in the shadows?

Freedom is coming

Young Voices: Standing at the 8-by-6-foot cell where Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner, I wondered what daily activity got him through to freedom.

We are invitations to see God's grace

Young Voices: I recently spent time with the community of L'Arche Tahoma Hope to learn more about how God created us and how our world values life and human dignity.