September 19, 2019

The recess bell rang and a flood of children ran onto the playground on a bright sunny afternoon in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. I smiled as I stood by the fence chatting with some of the teachers, apparently looking pretty suspect as a bunch of kids streamlined my way to figure out who the random lady on their playground was. It was my first time hanging out at the most amazing school I have ever stepped foot in -… Read more

September 12, 2019

Yesterday I read an article highlighting items that were found among the ruble, after the towers in New York City fell many years ago, and the stories of the people who owned these items before they lost their lives that September day. I cried. Seeing old pictures of smiling faces ready to take on the world paired with a picture of bloody heels or an airline pin they wore as their lives were stolen, broke my heart. What happened that… Read more

September 11, 2019

She wasn’t even 21 when she left this world. We first met almost a decade before at the youth group I was forced to attend in the early days of my teenage rebellion before I moved a thousand miles away. When I think of her, I remember a beautiful, wild, curly-haired girl on the beach with a scrunchy on her arm and the Sublime sun on her shirt. I remember one of the few people during a hard time in… Read more

September 4, 2019

For one, Jesus was never like, “Do you know where you are going when you die?” You know, the number one question of American Christianity, the question plastered on billboards throughout the country with 1-800 numbers and everything. I mean, looking at the words of Jesus, I don’t think that he was even trying to save our souls from some after-death, gnashing of teeth in the fire, drama. I think he may have been trying to save our souls from… Read more

August 17, 2019

In this modern day, I can’t believe how often I am watching the world of white American Christianity respond to major issues that face this nation, and the lame phrase from all of those sad years of youth camp screams through my mind, What the F would Jesus do y’all? I mean really, I think we may need to bring the ugly nylon bracelets back so maybe conservative Christians would think about it before loudly campaigning against what the guy they call savior would actually do, but since the bracelets are probably bad for the environment – instead of handing them out at like Liberty University – we are just going to talk about it a little here. Starting with the issue of gun violence. Read more

July 31, 2019

The first time I walked into a church, 16 years old with a baby on my hip, I will never forget the looks I got, it was as if I had kicked a puppy on the way in. They did not approve, they didn’t even try to hide their disdain, and this was a pattern. Read more

July 18, 2019

In all seriousness, as Americans, we are supposed to have this unwavering pride for America, but the truth is, how can we be proud when underneath all of its glorious propaganda and unwarranted claims to greatness, the basic structure of this country is based on gross oppression? I mean, am I supposed to be proud to be from the nation that holds the world’s highest incarceration rates and uses the justice system to keep private prisons rich instead of their citizens safe? Read more

July 13, 2019

Gilead, the fictional nation from The Handmaid’s Tale wouldn’t even have locked children in cages. That’s where we’re at in real life 2019-America – crossing all kinds of lines against humanity. Really, we shouldn’t be able to say that we are surprised that this nation openly locks up children in for-profit, concentration camps without any wrongdoing. This is the same nation that allows cops to murder people of color without repercussion, is known for its school shootings, and elected a… Read more

July 9, 2019

It’s a crazy time in the world but after simply reading the red letters of Jesus, I have put together a short list of things Conservative Christians can do to be just a little more like the guy they call savior. Read more

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