Rev. Jes Kast is a pastor in the United Church of Christ currently serving a congregation in State College, Penn. Her most recent work was an interview with NPR's "It's Been a Minute With Sam Sanders" about liminal spaces and theology during the time of COVID-19. You can interact with her on Twitter or Instagram at @RevJesKast.

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Carrie Newcomer's Folksy Soundtrack for This ‘Great Unraveling’

by Jes Kast 01-19-2022

'Until Now' by Carrie Newcomer

Carrie Newcomer, a musical light-bearer, is a Quaker singer-songwriter who has inspired listeners throughout her career. Her latest release, Until Now (Available Light Records), offers an salve of spiritual renewal. In the past few years we have been through difficult terrain politically and culturally; Newcomer’s music is like dipping our hands in a baptismal font.

An Open Letter to Graduates, From a Pastor in Your College Town

by Jes Kast 05-14-2021

Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash

As your pastor, I am proud of you. God is proud of you. I can say that without any doubt in my mind. Yes, you have passed your exams, but the pride I am talking about is the hard work and spiritual dedication you’ve put into your own soul and spiritual growth.

'Tis the Season for Family Boundaries

by Jes Kast 12-14-2020

I don’t live with the illusion that the holidays are cheery for everyone. Many of us find ourselves interacting with family and friends who do not have the same values we do. Here are four tips for navigating difficult relationships over the holidays — without compromising on dignity.

Reopening Too Early Is Not Freedom, It's Selfish

by Jes Kast 05-18-2020

Protesters gather outside the warehouse of medical equipment distributor Owens & Minor prior to a visit by Donald Trump in Allentown, Pa, May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Freedom is about how do we humbly care for one another.

What If We Read the Bible From the Perspective of the Land?

by Jes Kast 04-18-2016

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Have you ever read scripture from an agrarian perspective? We tend to read scripture with an anthropocentric perspective, but what if we read it with the land and animals in mind first? In her book An Agrarian Approach to ScriptureEllen Davis invites us to consider reading Scripture with the land and animals at the forefront.