Jocelyn A. Sideco is a retreat leader, spiritual director and innovative minister who specializes in mission-centered ministry. She writes for NCR's Young Voices blog. Visit her online ecumenical ministry, In Good Company, at

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A Christmas pageant of a different sort

Young Voices: It may sound petty and superficial to talk about beauty pageants when our global society seems to be on the brink of collapse, but I wanted to divert our eyes to a soul-satisfying defiance amidst these cruel times we live in.


We celebrate 'thin places' where meeting occurs

Young Voices: Much happens in the space between. Where I end and you begin. Where day ends and night begins. Where we end and God begins.


Valuing human dignity creates tension for Catholics

Young Voices: Wouldn't it be great if we in the pews would be trusted enough to be seen and heard within liturgy and therefore within our community? I'm challenging myself to see others better. 


As I hear Jesus' call to love, my hypocritical acts begin to plague me

Young Voices: Jesus gently calls us to behave in ways that are pleasing to God and one another right now. He is not trying to shame me, but I am never excluded from his instruction.