This is Me, Not Writing About Beyoncé

It's here. The Queen dropped a super secret new album on Saturday night on HBO. It is poetic and raw. It is gorgeous and a little ugly. It is a mind-melting paradox of empowered vulnerability... Or vulnerable empowerment? It is brand new, with razor-sharp edge...and yet, there is something ancient about it. It is art and story and song.And it isn't for me. Like the halftime show that she totally crashed (stole) from that one guy (what's his name?) with the "Formation" bad-assery, the n … [Read more...]

An Ecological Conversion: Called by God (and a Scientist) in the Cloud Forest

Guest Post: by Scott Hardin-NieriOur family delighted in God’s creation as we served in Monteverde, Costa Rica as Global Ministries Volunteers. We met neighbors like Howler Monkeys, Three Wattle Bell Birds, Sloths and Toucans. We learned their names and recognized their voices and watched and listened to them with awe. There were human neighbors who also inspired us; like the cab drivers, hotel owners, tropical biologists, bakers, house keepers, coffee farmers, and teachers-- from faith b … [Read more...]

Handing Hate the Microphone

Kansas legislators recently introduced a measure that would require transgender students (at public schools and universities) to use the restrooms corresponding to their gender-at-birth. Other states have similar policies but, of course, Kansas always has to go one-up on these things. So in our state, students who "catch" a classmate using the wrong facility would receive a $2500 settlement.  Because, you know, the trauma of it all.I know, ick.A group of student LGBT advocates from on … [Read more...]

7 Ways From Sunday: 7 True Things From 7 Years of Blogging

Yesterday, I logged into my "back end" blog stuff to edit something and noticed--purely by chance--that I've written 499 blog posts. Ever.499.... That means that this, right here, is my 500th blog post. **Cue fireworks and champagne and fancy outfits!**Actually. Cue coffee in a local dive, a morning of people-watching (my favorite) and rain-day hair. That's what I'm rocking for this momentous occasion.7 years ago, I got a free Wordpress account and started messing around. I had … [Read more...]

Only Libraries Can Save Us Now

I did not know that National Library Week was a thing, but I am a fan. Let's face it, there is a made up holiday for every-damn-thing-ever these days; if Hallmark didn't dream it up, then Facebook did. So if there is a national pancake day, redhead day, sibling day, and "I used to be in a cool band but now I'm a grown up" day (Ok, maybe my husband made that one up) then libraries deserve a week of their own.The library is, and has always been, my happy place. I grew up in a small town in s … [Read more...]

When It’s Complicated, Just Show Up

A few months ago, my church sensed a call to get involved with refugee ministry. There was so much ugliness coming from all corners of the political world (some corners more than others). There was fear-mongering and moral posturing; there was "othering" and "not those people"-ing. We wanted to offer a voice to counter that inhospitable message. We wanted to embody the radical hope offered by both the gospel and the Constitution. Like compassionate people all over the world, we saw those h … [Read more...]

Gaps in History: Talking to Kids About Race and Privilege

 My niece--my daughter's cousin and BFF since birth--is biracial. Together, these girls choreograph synchronized dance routines and wear matching outfits and get identical toys at Christmas. And it has never once occurred to them that there is any difference between them. That to some people's eyes, they do not look like family. I've always been grateful that skin color is not even on the radar for them.Maybe at some level, I thought the depth of that relationship could take the pl … [Read more...]

A Change of Heart: Trump, After All

I don't know, you guys. Maybe they know something we don't. It's all starting to make so much sense now...Here's what I know. I'm tired of being "politically correct." It's exhausting trying to be nice all the time, feeling like you need to please everyone. Social change is hard, maybe even impossible. The world has gone to shit, and we all know it. Maybe the best possible solution is to pick a race and class of people who will just always be in charge, and always have power; and trust that, … [Read more...]

This is Sunday, All Day Long

What if I told you that you could change the world using only the first 3 things that you touched this morning?For instance… I bet shortly after waking this morning, you touched a cell phone. Turned off the alarm that woke you up. Checked the weather to plan the shoe situation and, oh look at that, it’s SNOWING. On Easter. Maybe you also answered a message or checked the news to see what kind of day it’s going to be.And then, maybe you had a cup of coffee. Before you got dressed, before y … [Read more...]


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