November 14, 2018

Recently a marketing company offered me free tickets to see First Man, the new movie about Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, in exchange for me writing a review on my blog. I went to see the movie on Friday evening, and I’ve been thinking about it since then. Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy (who plays Neil Armstrong’s wife Janet) give exceptional performances.  The film is suspenseful and emotional, offering a unique portrayal of an incredible story. I left the… Read more

November 8, 2018

When I first started doing public speaking engagements, a philosophy professor contacted me and asked if I’d like to come speak to his Theodicy class. I said, “Sure,” and then as soon as we got off the phone I Googled “Theodicy” because I had no idea what it was. I learned that Theodicy is the study of why bad things happen in the world if the world is controlled by a loving God. I’ve definitely asked that question.  A lot,… Read more

November 6, 2018

A while ago, a horrible thing happened to me.  Someone I trusted used, abused and violated my personhood, while I was undergoing chemo in a life-threatening fight with breast cancer. It took me years to get over it.  Years of tears.  Countless questions.  And hours upon hours of quality therapy. I kept asking my therapist how I could get past it.  How I could move forward when it was impossible to go back and change the past.  How I could… Read more

October 29, 2018

Yesterday at church I led the Prayers of the People. I stood wearing a white robe draped with a green chasuble, a maniple draped over my left arm. “For peace in Pittsburgh, and for what other places shall we pray?” I asked, inviting people to add their prayers. We prayed for Pittsburgh by name because of the unspeakable shooting that occurred in a synagogue there this weekend. Other weeks, we have inserted different cities, depending on where the latest violence… Read more

October 18, 2018

If you follow me on social media, you know that yesterday I wrote, Dear person in Florida who drained my bank accounts today,  If you were hungry or thirsty or cold, I hope you got what you needed. But you didn’t have to steal it. I would’ve given it to you freely if you’d simply asked. Love, Sarah   Here’s what happened. Last week I got a call from Chase Bank asking if I was trying to spend $100 at… Read more

October 11, 2018

Today the world is observing the International Day of the Girl, where we remember how important girls are to our world, how they’ve been marginalized throughout history, and how we can work to help them reach their full, God-given potential. Two days ago, I got a big check in the mail and some incredible news: The Invisible Girls, the memoir I wrote about five Somali refugee girls I met on a train in Portland, Oregon, as I was recovering from… Read more

October 9, 2018

It’s been a doozy of a week for our world. I was off line for the weekend, attending my sister’s wedding in Pennsylvania.  When I woke up yesterday morning, back at home in San Francisco, I was inundated by headlines that hurt my heart, by texts from tearful friends, by an emotional exhaustion that’s hard to explain, by a discouragement that’s hard to name. After a sexual assault victim was given the middle finger by a roomful of white men… Read more

October 1, 2018

Last week I wrote that calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline went up 57% when Christine Blasey Ford’s claims about Brett Kavanaugh hit the news.  The number of calls the hotline received jumped from a 57% increase to a 201% increase on September 27th,  the day Ford testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee. I don’t think we’ve ever lived in a time that’s as tender as today for survivors of sexual assault. One in six women and one in… Read more

September 26, 2018

After the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh broke last week, the National Sexual Assault Hotline saw a 57% increase in calls in less than 48 hours.  (Previously, the biggest increase was 46%, as the Harry Weinstein accusations were coming to light.) Many people are dismissing the story by repeating cliches about victims of sexual assault that have long ago been proven to be not only unhelpful, but untrue. It’s he said-she said.   They were both intoxicated.  … Read more

September 19, 2018

Last week, a video went viral. It was a video of 56-year-old Anthony Torres shaving his face while riding on a commuter train from NYC to New Jersey, secretly filmed by a fellow passenger. The video was viewed by millions of people, many of whom commented that Torres was a slob. An animal. Nasty and gross. A reporter for the Washington Post tracked Torres down and asked him the question everyone was wondering: Why were you shaving on a train?… Read more

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