Rediscovering Hope in a Year of Chaos and Loss

Rediscovering Hope in a Year of Chaos and Loss

Ritch Hochstetler  |  January 15, 2021    What does it mean to have hope? In normal times, it could be getting the job or pay raise you desire, winning a game or scholarship, or developing that friendship or community connection that creates a sense of belonging....
Practicing Thanksgiving – A Balm for the Soul

Practicing Thanksgiving – A Balm for the Soul

Ritch Hochstetler  November 20, 2020  I recently had to deal with the alarming message on my computer “Your disk is full. Your iCloud drive will not work properly until you free some space.” I don’t know about you, but this warning seems like a great metaphor for how...
Justice Comes ONLY When Values Become Virtues

Justice Comes ONLY When Values Become Virtues

Ritch Hochstetler  September 25, 2020   Our world needs healing – not only from a pandemic, but from division, injustice, and brokenness in human relationships. When our collective behavior is fueled by contempt, distain, and hatred for our fellow human beings, we...
Equity Starts in the Heart

Equity Starts in the Heart

Ritch Hochstetler  August 26, 2020     Rarely do words communicate from beyond the grave as profoundly as did the words of John Lewis, Civil Rights patriarch and US Congressman. In his brief essay written shortly before his death, Lewis wrote, “Though I am gone,...
“Social Distancing” and the Hunger for Connection

“Social Distancing” and the Hunger for Connection

Ritch Hochstetler  July 2, 2020   Beyond the massive economic disruption and health crisis, Covid19 has shined a spotlight on a core need essential to our humanity – connection. The 70’s band Three Dog Night’s hit song “One is the Loneliest Number” sums up the agony...