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...]

Finished and Forsaken: 7 Last Words in Verse

Our Good Friday service at Saint Andrew this year is all music and poetry--reflections on the Seven Last Words of Christ, in spoken verse and song. Below are the poetic reflections written by members of our church family. I'm also providing links to the songs that accompany each word, if you'd like a feel for the whole experience. Spoiler alert: If you're coming to church tonight, this is the whole service. So if you want a few surprises, skip reading this. For everyone else--a blessed Friday to … [Read more...]

Making the Pass: Early Lessons in Unbalanced Courts

It's March! You know what that means, right?We can take a break from fighting about politics...and fight about BASKETBALL instead!No matter what team we love--or love to hate-- I think we can all agree on one thing this year: it is a cruel trick of the universe, and some poor planning of the liturgical whatever, that the Sweet 16 is going to happen over all of Easter weekend! Like, we might have to miss a game(s) to observe Good Friday. Or rush through Easter brunch/mimosas to make it ho … [Read more...]

A Mother, A Minister & A Media Guy: 3 Takes on a Trump Rally

A team effort guest post today: Three perspectives on the Trump rally in downtown KC over the weekend. This is a long post, but think of it as 3 mini-posts. Variations on a theme... Rev. Tabatha JohnsonGiven all that has been happening at Trump rallies these past few months it may seem irresponsible-- even downright dangerous-- to take my kids into the midst of hundreds of people, holding signs affirming the humanity and dignity of those Trump and his campaign have vowed to s … [Read more...]

A Good Week For Progress: Baby Panda Edition

I need a break. A week off.Not from work. Not even from writing in general. But from the Presidential campaign. Have mercy, it is gross out there. I keep trying to write about something else, but every single day, HeWhoMustNotBeNamed says something else that is so WTF-worthy, I just can't look away.No more! That business is not the boss of me. It's not the boss of you, either. Breathe deep. There's still life happening out there, outside of the pundits on your t.v. screen and the "latest … [Read more...]


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